February 2, 2011; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) reacts against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 95-92. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Sacramento Kings ’11-12 First Half Report Cards: Isaiah Thomas

Seriously, where do you even begin with this? And what do you say that hasn’t already been said a few thousand times?

The only negative you can find in the Isaiah Thomas situation is that he isn’t getting the type of love he should be given the Linsanity that came before him and the fact that he plays in Sacramento.

For Thomas and the Kings, it’s been a bit of a perfect storm – and it really shows how volatile an NBA player’s career can be if not put in the right position. The Kings, desperately needing some type of play making point guard had no choice but to give Thomas a shot – and Thomas, who’s been judged and under-appreciated because of his size since he first laced them up took that opportunity and ran with it. Who knows what happens to Thomas if he doesn’t end up on a team with pressing need for a point. Does he ever get a chance? Thankfully for both Thomas and the purple and black faithful, it’s void of conversation now.

Despite the overall talent that Thomas has, there are things Thomas possesses you simply can’t teach. Speed. Hustle. Heart. Desire. A hunger to win. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you’re lacking any of those intangibles, you can’t be great. Am I saying Thomas can be great? Not necessarily – but I am saying the intangibles are there, which is a lot more than many of his NBA counterparts.

Statistically, Thomas’ game is difficult to judge. He’s went from sporadically playing earlier in the year to working his way to a full-time starting gig to excelling (at record breaking pace) in that said starting role.

All that for the final pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. And just think – if it wasn’t for that Jon Brockman trade, the Kings never would have had that draft pick…

Thomas’ 11-12 first half grade: A

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