Isaiah Thomas has picked a fine time to be playing his best basketball of the season.
His Sacramento Kings aren’t going to the NBA playoffs but this is the time of year more people focus on basketball as the postseason approaches. Thomas is playing extremely well and put up some impressive numbers against teams battling for the playoffs.
One attractive part of Thomas is that he’s putting up a lot of shots and he’s getting good numbers as a result. In Sunday’s 113-102 loss to the Lakers, he put in 34 standout minutes, hitting 9-of-20 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the line. His 3-point shooting was not great, 3-of-10, but hitting 6-of-10 in field goals, makes him a constant threat, considering he also had six assists. He had a decent game in the 42-point rout over the Chicago Bulls with 8-of-14 shooting and 22 points.
Even in a close 115-113 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, he wisely put up a lot of shots, 16, making only four of them and being one shot from winning the game. But he had nine assists.
Thomas is hardly playing perfect basketball for the Kings but what’s impressive about him is he’s making his presence known and he’s making himself a constant threat with the ball. There’s not much more you could ask of him.
The Kings are trying to figure out eventually if they’ll be in Sacramento or Seattle. They do know for sure that they’re not going to the playoffs. But the way Thomas is playing, they may be one or two good players away from being in the playoff next season, regardless of their location.