The Sacramento Kings have been one of the most dysfunctional franchises in the NBA in recent years. Part of their issue has been remedied with the Maloofs selling the team, but an even bigger part of the problem still remains heading into the 2013-2014 season.
Looking at the Kings roster, there’s no denying that it’s overflowing with talent. There are a plethora of players that see minutes for the Kings that teams in the league, contenders even, would give an arm and leg to have in their rotation. The issue arises in the fact that these talented pieces, no matter how talented they are, just don’t fit together. This team is constructed as individuals in the same uniform, not as a team with a common purpose.
One of the results of the way this Kings roster has been constructed, other than a handful of losing seasons, is that a lot of the players on their roster go underappreciated at times. Players who would be raved about if they wore another jersey fade into relative obscurity with Sacramento. One such player is point guard Isaiah Thomas.
The 24-year-old Thomas is one of the best values picked in the second round of the draft in recent years. In 2011, the Kings nabbed him with the 60th and final pick of the draft. In his two season in the league, you may not have heard, but he’s been impressive.
In 144 career games, he’s averaged 12.8 points, four assists, 2.3 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 26.2 minutes per game while shooting a solid 44.3 percent from the floor and 36.7 percent from beyond-the-arc. Despite being a smaller guard, he’s found ways to be a successful scorer and, when the team’s offense is clicking the right way, is a solid passer as well.
On any other team in the league, Thomas could be a super sixth man or a solid starting point guard. With the Kings, though, there are still people who might mistake him for the legendary Detroit Pistons guard. If Sacramento can successfully start turning things around this season, Thomas will hopefully be able to make a name for himself.