Isaiah Thomas scored 11 points and dished seven assists to lead Sacramento to a 113-96 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the regular-season finale last night, which capped his rookie season.
The former Washington star finished sixth among rookies in scoring (11.5 ppg) and fourth in assists (4.0). He won’t win the rookie of the year award, but it’s incredible the 60th pick in the draft is in the discussion considering he wasn’t invited to the Rookie-Sophomore game during the All-Star break.
Thomas started 37 games and has quickly become one of the leaders of the team.
In a survey on NBA.com, Thomas is polling fourth behind Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio and Denver’s Kenneth Faried.
Here’s a look at how the other Pac-10 players who were picked in the 2011 draft fared.
Derrick Williams – The No. 2 pick averaged 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds while starting 15 games.
Klay Thompson – The No. 12 pick is perhaps the fifth best rookie who averaged 18.7 points in April.
Nikola Vucevic – The No. 16 pick averaged 5.5 points and 4.4 rebounds while starting 15 games.
Tyler Honeycutt – The No. 35 pick averaged 5.9 minutes and just 1.3 points in 15 games.
Malcolm Lee – The No. 43 pick averaged 3.3 points in 19 games as a reserve for Minnesota.
And here’s a look at how former UW stars fared this season.
Nate Robinson – Averaged 11.2 points and 4.5 assists as a reserve for Golden State.
Spencer Hawes – Averaged 9.6 points and 7.3 rebounds as the starting center in Philadelphia.
Quincy Pondexter – Averaged 4.2 points and 2.0 rebounds as a reserve for Memphis.
Jon Brockman – Averaged 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 points as a reserve in Milwaukee.
Meanwhile Justin Dentmon scored a game-high tying 26 points last night to lead the Austin Toros to a 113-94 win over Los Angeles to that evened the best-of-three NBA D-League Finals at 1-1.
The former Washington standout converted 6 of 10 shots from the field and made 12 of 14 at the line. He also finished with five assists and four rebounds to offset four turnovers in 32 minutes.
The decisive third game is Saturday.
April 27, 2012 at 8:21 AM
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