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NBA Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings 2013 Player Profile: Isaiah Thomas

Kelley L – USA TODAY SPORTS

Isaiah Thomas is happy that the Sacramento Kings have stayed in California. Kings fans are equally overjoyed that Thomas is still on their side.

Thomas is coming off a super season, and with all the the offseason transactions and maneuvering, one didn’t know if the Kings were staying or going to Seattle, and if Thomas would still be playing for the franchise.

Luckily for them, he is staying.

DeMarcus Cousins would probably have to be listed as the most valuable player for the Kings, despite his ugly attitude at times. Thomas would be a close second, and part of the reason is his superior attitude.

Thomas simply looks to be a solid starting point guard for the Kings. His floor leadership is essential for Sacramento. If he has a strong season again, the Kings will be in great shape.

He’s coming off a season in which he averaged 13.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists. He remains the best guard on a team with many excellent guards, including newcomers Ben McLemore and Greivis Vasquez from the New Orleans Pelicans.

Thomas needs to have another solid season if the Kings want to make a stab at being a playoff contender. From his freshman to sophomore NBA season, Thomas went from 11.5 to 13.9 points per game, and also slightly improved his playing minutes. The Kings will need him to score more and to be a leader of sorts for other players, even though it will only be his third season in the NBA. He has matured a lot, and that means so much to the Kings.

John Raffel is a writer for RantSports.comFollow  him on Twitter  @JohnCarlRaffel, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.