Sacramento Kings’ point guard Isaiah Thomas is one of the NBA’s most underrated players.
The 25-year old has develop into a 20 points per game scorer and is a very good play-maker despite his obvious defensive deficiencies due to his size (5’9, 185 lbs.) Thomas is set to become a restricted free agent and if the Kings opt to re-sign Rudy Gay (provided he opts out of the final year of his deal and he is expected to do so), Thomas could be the odd man out.
Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders takes a look at how Thomas could fit in with the Chicago Bulls.
The Bulls’ biggest need, even with Rose, is scoring. Thomas provides that in spades. Like Lowry, Thomas provides more of what the Bulls need as well as more bang for their buck than the available wings.
*One way to think about it: Thomas is probably no worse than D.J. Augustin on defense, and Rose is approximately the same size as Kirk Hinrich. The Bulls were able to make it work defensively with the Augustin/Hinrich pairing in extensive minutes last season, so Thomas/Rose could work. And the Bulls could always go bigger with Rose at the 1 if Thomas were really getting torched.
Even more importantly, the Washington product is only 25. A four-year contract would lock him up during his prime years without the back-end overpay likely required for nearly any other free agent on the market as he reaches his decline years.
Thomas averaged 20.3 points, 6.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game last season while shooting 45.3% from the field, 34.9% from beyond the arc and 85.0% from the free throw line.