With 8 seconds left in the ball game, the Kings put the ball in the hands of Isaiah Thomas to deliver them a victory and well:
You have to wonder why defensive stud John Wall wasn’t guarding Thomas and why Garrett Temple was. Though Wall is still working himself back into prime shape after missing the beginning of the season with a knee injury, he’s still one of the better defending point guards in the league. His foot speed and length could have made things a bit harder for Thomas in the paint.
Thomas ended the night with a solid 22 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds. Ten of those 22 points came in the fourth quarter on 4 of 5 shooting as the Kings stormed back to take the game away from the Washington Wizards.
At the beginning of the season, Thomas had a hard time getting off the bench behind the King’s summer acquisition of Aaron Brooks, but Thomas fought hard for his spot back. As a starter this season, Isaiah is averaging 12.5 points and 3.6 assists a game in only 27 minutes played a night.
This would be a great time to point out that Thomas was the last pick in the 2011 Draft. While this class has only been in the league for two years, several guards taken ahead of Isaiah haven’t turned out better than he including Nolan Smith, Corey Joseph, Shelvin Mack, Josh Selby and Andrew Goudelock.
If Thomas keeps playing like he has of late, he won’t have to worry about losing his starting job anymore.