Isaiah Thomas is a Sacramento fan favorite. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Isaiah Thomas sat there wondering, is it really possible that I might not be picked by anybody? I played great in college, I played strong and hard. Isaiah Thomas was trying to come out of college as a junior, he must have been wondering what was going to happen now?
Could I really not get my name called, in the draft!
This point guard that stands at 5 foot 9 (with shoes on) and weighs 185 pounds was one of the best point guards to ever play at the University of Washington.
Isaiah Thomas Ranks 6th on all-time UW list with 1,721 points, 3rd with 415 assists, eighth with 122 steals and third with 164 three-point field goals.
Isaiah Thomas Had 213 assists as a junior, the second most in UW single-season history, trailing only Will Conroy who had 219 in 2005.
Then it happened David Stern walked up to the podium and said, “With the 30th pick, in the second round of the 2011 NBA draft the Sacramento Kings have selected Isaiah Thomas out of the University of Washington”.
The rush that must have went through Isaiah’s body was off the charts, He made it, he was on a NBA team, the Sacramento Kings.
Isaiah in his junior year for Washington averaged 16.8 points per game, 6.0 assists per game and 3.5 rebounds (did I say he is 5’9”), and got over 1 steal a game.
I have heard Isaiah Thomas say many times in interviews, “the only thing I have is my heart and my effort”. Also that he holds a little grug that he feels strongly that he should have been picked a lot higher than he was, but he loves the Sacramento Kings!
So this little man, is on a mission and has a heart bigger than most players in the NBA and has a lot more effort than most players in the NBA.
Just what the Sacramento Kings need!
Think for a minute about this roller coaster he has been on, after being draft the reality sets in that the NBA is in a lock-out, then when on the brink of most likely no season, a deal gets done, yeah!
Then after getting use to his new team and new coach, there is a change, Keith Smart replaces Paul Westphal.
As it looks for now things are going better for the Kings and it was a good move, the Kings look a lot better, wins will come later but for now their playing better.
Hey I’m happy to be in the NBA no doubt, but I want more…..new coach or not, I want more!
I want to help my team, and I know I can!
This is no doubt what Isaiah Thomas is and was thinking, you only have to watch one interview with this great kid to know whats always on his mind. Trying your hardest and helping your team!
So Isaiah was in and out of lineups earlier this year and things were up and down a bit.
But Isaiah Thomas was turning into a huge fan favorite because of his crazy energy off the bench and his play changed the game, the pace, the effort and the plays were coming together.
This is the type of guy that the Sacramento Kings fans love, an under dog guy and a guy with heart like our city!
To my surprise and other Kings fans (but happy as all gettup) Friday night about 1 hour before the start of the Kings game in Detroit, Coach Smart said he was going to be starting Isaiah Thomas over John Salmons and moving Tyreke Evans to the small forward spot.
People were pumped on twitter.
In the first quarter of the Pistons game Isaiah Thomas scored 10 points and lead the Kings to a 31-24 lead after one quarter. Things looked awesome and Thomas looked like a 4 year veteran.
The Kings ended up losing late and it was a heart breaker, Isaiah Thomas ended the game with 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists and 1 steal in his first start, but in only 23 minutes.
Tonight in Cleveland Isaiah Thomas got his second start of his NBA career with a lot more minutes (recall the 60th pick in the draft) and man did the Kings get a steal in this guy, we as Kings fans have known this for a month or so now, but really after tonight this young kid is one to fall in love with.
His energy and effort completely over shadow his small size on the NBA court, where players roam at 6′ 6” plus easily.
Tonight Thomas had ally oops like Chris Paul, bounce passes like Steve Nash and rebounds like Kobe Bryant.
I know it was the Cavs but he has done this against all teams this year, he has just had a lot less time on the court.
Isaiah Thomas ended the game tonight with 23 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds (almost a triple double), people he had highlight after highlight. If this kid actually pans out the Kings are close than even I thought at being good.
Like maybe next year, (.500 ball).
I’ve been waiting to do a post my this great young Kings player, but now is the time and this kid is one to watch and keep your eyes on folks.
Players fall into teams laps all the time, Isaiah Thomas was thankful the Kings picked him last and the Kings are thankful to have Isaiah Thomas.