At times, the second-year NBA guard is on the mark. But other nights, like against the Milwaukee Bucks in a 115-113 loss Sunday, he’s apparently playing on a different planet.
The Kings didn’t shoot that badly against the Bucks. They were 44-of-94 for 46.8 percent. But the Kings were also awful in 3-point shooting, 6-of-22 for 27.3 percent. Of course, Thomas was rotten in both areas. He was 4-of-16 from the floor for 25 percent and 1-of-5 in 3-point shots.
He did dish out nine assists, but that doesn’t make up for the three points the Kings needed in order to get the win.
Thomas scored 145 points, which is above his average of 13 points a game. But he picked a bad time to have an off shooting night. For the season, he is at 43.9 percent in field goals and 34.7 percent in threes. His career shooting percentage is 44.4 percent.
But Thomas remains solid in free-throw shooting at 88.7 percent. The Kings need him to shoot better on a consistent basis to win more games down the stretch. It’s that simple.
If he could duplicate what he did against the Phoenix Suns last week in a 121-112 Sacramento victory, that would please the Kings immensely. He was 8-of-13 from the floor and 4-of-5 in triples for 27 points. He also had six assists that night and played some defense as his five steals would indicate.