Isaiah Thomas is getting used to this underdog thing. He’s made a living out of proving doubters wrong. The Sacramento Kings took him with the last pick in the 2011 draft and he has rewarded them in a major way. Isaiah has some new weapons running the floor alongside him, but the team has struggled as they sit dead last in the Pacific division at 8-18.
What the Kings really did when they traded away Greivis Vasquez was admit they made a mistake. Vasquez was never the assist machine the Kings envisioned while Thomas outplayed him as his understudy. Thomas led all guards in bench scoring, but ownership has given Thomas the keys even as trade rumors suggest he may be shipped out for Boston Celtics‘ Rajon Rondo, who is set to return from injury.
Thomas has made a living out of proving himself and the Kings have a true talent running the point. But, can he be the franchise player and withstand the trade rumors?
With 23 points, nine assists and five rebounds on Saturday night against the Orlando Magic, Thomas showed how well this team plays when he’s able to get others involved. This is vital for a team that’s searching for an identity while still trying to get recent acquisition Rudy Gay acclimated. Thomas has had two double-digit assist games in the last two weeks, well above his average of 5.6 per game. When Isaiah spreads the ball, it’s contagious and will lead to wins for a team that desperately needs them.
Yes, Thomas has thrived as the underdog, but the time is rapidly approaching where Thomas won’t sneak up on anyone in the NBA anymore. When that happens, he will likely pull up this beleaguered team with him. My money is on him to do just that, as he’s pretty good at doing the impossible.