Sacramento Kings’ Isaiah Thomas Early Favorite for Sixth Man of the Year
On Saturday night as the Sacramento Kings took on the lowly Utah Jazz in a battle of two teams with two of the worst records in the NBA early in the season. Point guard Isaiah Thomas came off the bench to play 32 minutes and put up 26 points, eight assists, four steals and one rebound while shooting 8-14 from the field while helping lead the Kings to a 112-102 overtime win.
You might look at Thomas, a player that has come off of the bench in every game for the Kings this season, and think that this was just a big game that reserves sometimes have. However, that type of huge production is really becoming the norm for the third-year guard.
In his last four games, Thomas has scored 19 points or more three times and had eight or more assists three times as well. He’s also been creating turnovers, totaling 14 steals over his last four games as well. Possibly most impressively from the point guard position, he’s put up his numbers with quite efficient 28-61 shooting from the field.
Though his team certainly hasn’t enjoyed much success this season, Thomas definitely has. Over 18 games, Thomas has averaged 17.8 points, 4.9 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 27.7 minutes per game while shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 40.3 percent from three. Outside of DeMarcus Cousins, Thomas has clearly been the Kings’ most reliable option this season.
It’s obviously still early in the year, but you have to already consider Thomas as the leading candidate for the Sixth Man of the Year award. Coming off of the bench, Thomas not only provides a spark for Sacramento, but he consistently helps put them in a better position in the game when he’s on the floor. If he keeps playing at this level, that award might be his to lose.