Since entering the league as the 60th-overall pick in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft, Phoenix Suns’ point guard Isaiah Thomas has proven many wrong by become an excellent NBA player. Although he is obviously undersized, he averaged over 20 points per game last season. That’s why many were surprised when the Sacramento Kings didn’t seem all that interested in retaining him as a restricted free agent and wound up dealing him to the Phoenix Suns in a sign-and-trade.
Thomas, however, wasn’t surprised by the move.
“Am I surprised Sacramento didn’t bring me back? People always ask that. Actually, I wasn’t. I always felt like they didn’t appreciate me as much as they should,” Thomas said via Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders. “I’m not saying the fans – the fans loved me and the city of Sacramento loved me. But it’s a business. They felt like they could get somebody better and I don’t blame them, that’s on them, and it’s their loss. I’m just going to continue to work hard, and worry about the Phoenix Suns. That’s what it’s about now. It’s not about Sacramento. It’s not about me not going back there. I wish them the best, and now it’s about being on the Phoenix Suns and making the playoffs.”
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 last season. In his three-year career, he’s put up 15.3 points, 4.8 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 44.7% from the floor, 36.0% from three and 85.7% from the charity stripe.
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