Feb 24, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) starts a fast break after staling the ball from New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon (10) at New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings head coach Mike Malone wants Isaiah Thomas to be better facilitator

While Isaiah Thomas‘ short career has been nothing short of a storybook – emerging as the final player taken in the 2011 NBA Draft to mild stardom in the NBA, if there’s been one constant knock on Thomas’ game it was the lack of facilitating.

During the past two seasons, Thomas played a scoring role for the Kings, something many fans preferred he not do. Everybody knows Thomas can score, but the Kings on the floor needed somebody to put them into a position to succeeded, something Thomas at times struggled with.

It wasn’t that he couldn’t do it or didn’t want to do it, but when you’re constantly trailing and one of the better talents on the floor, you feel like you have to take the game into your own hands.

But now with a re-tooling roster and a stable head coach with a new philosophy, Mike Malone is hopeful to put Thomas in more facilitating roles.

Per the Sacramento Bee:

Isaiah Thomas, I love that guy. He’s a leader, has a chip on his shoulder. I wouldn’t put anything past that guy because of his belief in himself and his passion for the game. He’s been a scorer, but we need him to run his team.

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