Isaiah Thomas Is the Odd Man Out In Sacramento

By Karim Akbar
Isaiah Thomas
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When Vivek Ranadive, a tech billionaire, bought the Sacramento Kings in May he edged out a rival group led by Microsoft Chairman Steve Ballmer. That group wanted to buy the team and move the Kings to Seattle where they would be rebranded as the Sonics. It was news to Isaiah Thomas‘ ears, the Washington native was born in Tacoma and was a standout player at Washington. It would be a great homecoming for the hometown hero. But the Kings would remain in Sacramento and Ranadive quickly went to work rebuilding the team.

The Kings wanted a pass first point guard and they got him. Greivis Vazquez was brought in for a reason and a good one at that. His numbers last year were solid. Vazquez scored 13.9 points per game and added nine assists per game for the season. Those are numbers that had the Kings salivating as they finished near the bottom when it came to passing the ball. The Kings needed a pass-first point guard but in a way, the Kings already had one.

With Keith Smart and his ever changing rotations, Thomas didn’t get a fair shake to get quality minutes even though he clearly earned them. In those limited minutes he ran the offense with fluidity and showed his ability to cause havoc in the paint. Thomas averaged 13.9 points per game, an improvement over the 11 points per game he averaged in 2011-12. Though his assist numbers weren’t what you would expect, his toughness and talent was undeniable in many crucial games last season. But apparently it wasn’t enough.

The Kings were set at point in my eyes. Yes, Thomas isn’t the answer at point, but he was well on his way to proving that. The Kings could have spent their money at the small forward position that they need help at. It sounds like I’m not in approval of Vazquez but I’m not. He’s a quality addition to the team, I just think the money would have been better spent elsewhere. Then again, what do i know. I’m not a tech billionaire.

I’m just a writer.

Karim Akbar is a Sacramento Kings writer for Follow him on Twitter @Kuhreem , “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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