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22  -  Isaiah Thomas - PG, 5'9, 185
Phoenix Suns - Acquired via sign and trade in July 2014
       Date of birth: 02/07/1989
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 60th pick, 2011
     Out of: Washington
  NBA Experience: 3 years
  Hand: Left

When: Where:
2008 - 2011 Washington (NCAA)
June 2011 - June 2014 Sacramento Kings (NBA)
July 2014 - present Phoenix Suns (NBA)


Date
League
Transaction
2011 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 60th overall by Sacramento.
9th December, 2011 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed three year minimum salary contract with Sacramento.
11th July, 2014 NBA Signed and traded by Sacramento with a four year, $27,000,002 contract to Phoenix in exchange for the draft rights to Alex Oriakhi (#57, 2012).


From blog:


   An Unnecessarily Exhaustive Guide To The 2010/11 NCAA Tournament, Part 2: Eastern Region
2011-03-16

The biggest thing for Washington is their smallest. Point guard Isaiah Thomas (no relation) is hugely athletic, quick, crafty and thoroughly unafraid. He takes it into the trees, hits his high arcing layups and floaters, and is a good outside shooter. He is also immeasurably improved as a point guard, despite being a natural two, and is now amongst the nation's leaders in assists, doing it mainly in drive-and-dish and transition situations. Comparisons to Nate Robinson are inevitable, but they have some basis in fact, and should be regarded as flattering. Alongside him, similarly athletic small guard Venoy Overton is possibly the best guard defender in the nation, using relentless energy to overcome his size disadvantage, even on some off-guards far bigger than he. Furthermore, starting wing Justin Holiday (Jrue's brother) has broken out as a senior. Always an athlete, Holiday was largely just a defender only heading into this season, yet now he demonstrates a greatly improved offensive game. He gets open for threes and is hitting them at 36%, as well as scoring in transition. There's little dribble-drive game at the moment, but as a shooting/defending role player, Holiday has become interesting.

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   Sham's unnecessarily great big draft board: Point Guards
2011-06-22

Isaiah Thomas - The oft-floated comparison for Thomas recently has been JJ Barea, whose success in the NBA playoffs represents a victory for dwarfism. It's not baseless. They do differ in their physical profiles, however, for while Barea is about guile, Thomas had the physical tools. It's a workable comparison, however.

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   With Rudy Gay trade, Kings acquire something they already had
2013-12-11

On the most basic level, the Sacramento Kings needed more talent. They now have that. Even after years of mismanagement and the frivolous burning of assets, Sacramento now has, you would think, a core five. Isaiah Thomas, one of the draft steals of the decade and a man who thoroughly outplayed Vasquez thus far this season, is the point guard. Preconceptions that small score-first guards must come of the bench should be disposed of, because Thomas is a legitimate starter. Rookie Ben McLemore has had a slow first month, but has plenty of time on his side to be the two guard of the future while Gay slots in at small forward. Derrick Williams is thriving since his trade from Minnesota, now that he is finally functioning as a full time power forward. DeMarcus Cousins is tied into a maximum contract extension, the certified core piece going forward. Marcus Thornton, Jason Thompson and Carl Landry compliment this lineup from the bench with quality role player production, creating a front eight of players that any team could use.

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   Why teams should pursue Jason Thompson
2014-01-14

[...] Furthermore, despite the good play from the Kings' other two primary scorers, Isaiah Thomas and Rudy Gay (whose career in Sacramento is off to a surprisingly fantastic start), neither is known for their consistent creation of open looks for others. Thomas can do it, but would rather not, preferring to be a score first player. The two guard combination of Marcus Thornton and Ben McLemore most certainly are not playmakers for others. And Thompson, as the fifth starter, is the one who loses out.

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