With the first half of the season now over, NBA teams, coaches and players have had the chance to battle against one another for playoff position. Some players have made a major splash once given the opportunity as Jeremy Lin has done so far. With the second half of the season ready to get going next week, let's take a look at some players who are primed to continue there quest for greatness and recognition amongst their peers for their improved play.
Isiah Thomas: Sacramento Kings
With much higher profile players such as Jimmer Fredette receiving all the attention early, Thomas, who was drafted last in the second round has seen his minutes go up and down during the season. It wasn't until coach Keith Smart inserted Thomas into the starting line that we saw what Thomas could be capable of.
The 5'9" Tacoma, Wash. native has used his blazing speed and ability to put the ball in the basket to give the Kings a much needed spark to start off games with. In the five games he started in late February, Thomas poured in over 20 points, four assists and three rebounds while shooting 46 percent from the field and almost 40 percent from three-point range. His scoring prowess was never questioned but his consistency on the court has.
His game shows many similarities of fellow 5'9" Washington Alumnus and NBA player Nate Robinson with the difference being that Thomas is left handed and he seems a bit more in control of what he is doing on the court. With starter minutes in his horizon, Kings fans should expect to see more of what he has done of late.