Isaiah Thomas has proven that he belongs in the NBA after his first two seasons.
But during the offseason, Thomas would be wise to work on his defense so he becomes more of a complete ballplayer.
The Sacramento Kings can’t really complain about Thomas’ first two seasons. He had an excellent rookie season with 25.5 minutes, 11.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the floor and 83.2 percent from the free throw line. He appeared in 64 games and started 37.
But Thomas was able to pick things up a notch offensively in his second season with 26.9 minutes, 13.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. He shot 44 percent from the floor, 35.8 percent in threes and 88.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Defensively, he hasn’t contributed too much to the Sacramento attack. But he’s averaging less than two turnovers per game in his career, not a bad start for a 5-foot-9 guard. The more he has the ball in his hands, the better off his team will be.
He had many memorable games including a 31-point performance in late March at the Golden State Warriors. He was 10-of-18 from the floor and also had seven assists in that game.
If he improves defensively, Thomas will be among the best guards in the NBA. But the key for Thomas and the Kings to become a playoff contender will be consistency from players like him, who could make the Kings a difficult team to beat every night.
That’s why the offseason is important to Thomas and the Kings, who need to draft well and look at some excellent free agent talent to bring to Sacramento.