It’s a scary thought for Sacramento King opponents to consider how much better Isaiah Thomas could get next season.
Thomas certainly showed improvement this year as a second-year player from his rookie season. Many think he’s only touched the surface of his outstanding talent. If that’s the case, the Kings will be smiling next year and after that.
The Kings had him for 65 NBA games and started him 37 times as a rookie. He averaged 25.5 minutes and had 11.5 points and 2.6 rebounds a game. He shot 44.8 percent from the floor.
This season, he’s shown improvement especially in scoring with 14.0 points a game. He has started 57 of the 74 Sacramento games in which he has appeared. And he averages 26.76 minutes. His rebounding at 2.0 per game and assists of 3.9 is down slightly from last year.
His biggest improvement is in free-throw shooting at 88.3 percent. That explains, in part, why his points per game is up. This was illustrated last week in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Thomas was 9-of-20 from the floor but was 11-of-12 from the free-throw line.
His 3-point shooting is a weak point. He was 0-of-7 from behind the arc against the Dallas Mavericks. In his last three games, he’s 2-of-18 in 3-pointers which is awful for a guard. But in the four games prior to that, Thomas was 16-of-27 in 3-pointers. He obviously needs more consistency in that area.
He’s been handling the ball well but could probably be a little more aggressive on defense. Stronger defense will help make Thomas the real deal in future years, if he isn’t already.