Just in case you were planning on accusing me of picking on the Sacramento Kings for a single bad draft pick, let's focus on Mr. Irrelevant.
Isaiah Thomas was drafted by the Kings at No. 60 in the 2011 NBA draft, making him the last pick and setting him up for a career filled with low expectations. Thomas laughed at those assumptions and didn't slow down until he became the starting point guard for his team.
Since then, he's played so well that he recently earned the No. 89 spot in my rankings of the top 100 players in the NBA right now. He may move higher soon enough.
This is what I had to say about Thomas:
How Isaiah Thomas managed to go from Mr. Irrelevant to No. 89 in this set of rankings is beyond me. Remember, this is a guy who is generously listed at 5'9" and might be able to be posted up by Muggsy Bogues or Spud Webb.
But Thomas has made the most of his minutes throughout the season and done a remarkable job of carving out a role for himself in a crowded Sacramento Kings backcourt.
In the 33 games that the diminutive point guard has started, he's averaged 15.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Those numbers have been even more impressive recently. Since the calendars turned to April, Thomas has put up 16.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists per contest.
This guy has staying ability.
Not bad for Mr. Irrelevant.
Grade: One Derrick Rose Scoop