Kyrie Irving was the #1 pick of the 2011 draft and had the weight of Cleveland on his shoulders as the new franchise player that will make Cavs fans forget about LeBron. Isaiah Thomas went to the Kings with the last pick (#60) of the 2011 draft and the only thing on his shoulder was a chip. A massive chip for the small (5’10”) point guard out of Washington who watched guards like Bogdanovic (#31), Shelvin Mack (#34), Charles Jenkins (#44), Goudelock (#46), Travis Leslie (#47), DeAndre Liggins (#53) and E’Twaun Moore (#55) get drafted before him when his game was as big as lottery pick guards like Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker….and Kyrie Irving.
Last night in the Kings 44 point win over the Cavs, Thomas showed why his name belongs with the top guards of the 2011 draft class and any other class in the NBA when he scored 26 points including 15 in the 2nd half against Irving. Irving only scored 7 points on 3 of 14 shooting and some of his fans would probably just say it was just one of those nights for him and the Cavs but that logic can’t be contributed to Thomas’ success because he’s been this good all year long with a season average of 19.3 points and 6.3 assists and 20+ points in 8 of the Kings last 10 games.
Let’s hope last night’s game opened up a few more eyes and reminded others that bieng the “shortest” and/or the “last” doesn’t mean you can’t play the biggest and be at the top.