TAG: Isaiah Thomas

Style - Kicks and Gear / Apr 17, 2014 / 10:30 am

Go On A Sneaker Hunt Inside Sacramento’s Locker Room

Sacramento Kings

Sacramento might be lottery-bound again this summer, but when it comes to sneakers, they’re right up there with some of the best teams in the league. DeMarcus Cousins is considered one of the NBA’s biggest sneakerheads and Isaiah Thomas is always debuting some dope Reebok PEs. Add in the trade that brought Rudy Gay to California and you can see why the Kings had to be a destination for Nice Kicks‘ ongoing “Sole Access” series. Read More »

Video / Apr 16, 2014 / 1:15 pm

Isaiah Thomas Surprises His Biggest Fan: 98-Year-Old Feling Mostajo

Isaiah Thomas

Despite the Kings again missing the playoffs this year, they got an outstanding contribution from 5-9 point guard Isaiah Thomas. The third-year guard will be a restricted free agent at the end of the year, so the Kings need to figure out whether Zeke’s going to be their point guard of the future. One Kings fan, who will surprise you, certainly hopes he re-signs. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Apr 11, 2014 / 10:30 am

2013-14 Fantasy Basketball All-Value Team

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas (Howard Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

We saw many fantasy leagues this season where Isaiah Thomas wasn’t even drafted. Then there were some others where he spent weeks on the free agent list. Sacramento’s lead guard started the year as a backup before eventually earning all of the minutes after Greivis Vasquez was traded, and by that point, if you were lucky enough to have him, you reaped some huge benefits. Read More »

NBA / Apr 9, 2014 / 6:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Jamal Crawford on Doc & Defense, Seattle Love, Age Minimums & More

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

For years, we’ve watched Jamal Crawford with our jaws dropped following his usual brilliance with a basketball. Then we waited, agog, for his next incredible offensive display because they usually came in bunches. Just as often, we heard from people around the NBA that we were unlikely to speak with a more intelligent, thought-provoking, but — more importantly — also the most genuine guy in all of the NBA. After chatting with Crawford on Tuesday before their matchup tonight against the Thunder, we can say that Crawford’s kindness, team-first attitude and nimble basketball mind made our 30 minute conversation one of the most enjoyable we’ve ever had. Read More »

NBA / Mar 31, 2014 / 3:30 pm

10 NBA Stars Who Made “The Leap” This Season

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Can anyone believe the NBA season is almost at an end? The playoffs are almost upon us, which means some teams will be reaching for NBA championships while other teams will be at home reaching for the remote. Every season that passes by there are players that have taken their game to the next level. These players have made the “leap” essentially, star players finally asserting themselves as dominant, All-Star caliber talents. Read More »

NBA / Mar 21, 2014 / 11:45 am

The 25 Biggest Bargains In The NBA

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler (Howard Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Like all pro leagues, the NBA is a game of dollars. In this career, the tenure is short; many NBA players won’t see 10 years in the industry. Even the league’s top crop may only see 15 to 20 years of service.

So this is where it gets tricky; how do you get an individual who has a limited career window to take less money than he’s worth? If the player is a veteran who has bought into the system and city, maybe he will take less money to help the team. Clearly that’s not Kobe Bryant. Players on rookie deals don’t have any choice in the matter and always provide teams with some flexibility. Maybe the player has an injury history, or off-court disciplinary problem that lowers his market value. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Mar 19, 2014 / 10:30 am

Video: Isaiah Thomas Records First Triple-Double In OT Win Over Wizards

Marcin Gortat, Isaiah Thomas

Marcin Gortat, Isaiah Thomas (Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports)

The Kings spoiled the beginning of the Wizards’ road trip on Tuesday night, upsetting the playoff-bound Wiz with a 117-111 overtime victory. The Kings got 24 points for each of their big three, Rudy Gay, DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas. But it was only Thomas who had the all-around brilliance. The 5-9 Kings guard recorded his first triple-double in a match-up against all-star John Wall. Read More »

NBA / Mar 14, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Isaiah Thomas On His P&R Defense, Playing With Boogie & A Lot More

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas (Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

We freakin’ love Isaiah Thomas, and we’re not bashful about it either. The 5-9 point guard was selected with the last pick, No. 60, by the Kings in the 2011 NBA Draft, and he has met every challenge since head-on. His ability to score and lead the offense is the result of all his hard work, and it played a role in forcing Sacramento to switch Tyreke Evans to a small forward role. He also beat out a succession of point guards to retain the starting point guard spot in each of his three seasons in the NBA. We got lucky and spent a long time chatting with him by phone as he mentally prepared to face Detroit earlier this week. Read More »

NBA / Feb 28, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Why Having A Scoring Point Guard Is Super Overrated

(Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports)

(Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports)

The point guard position is commonly referred to as the player who initiates the team’s offense, the floor general. In recent history, the NBA’s infrastructure has undergone a makeover. Now, it’s all about a lightning quick pace and guards that can score the ball at will. While this has produced some exciting and flashy play, there is one critical argument that needs to be discussed with these point guards. Read More »

NBA / Feb 28, 2014 / 2:00 pm

A 6-Step Guide To Fixing The New York Knicks

New York Knicks

New York Knicks (Daniel Shirey/USA TODAY Sports)

After the Knicks lost to the Mavericks on a Dirk Nowitzki buzzer-beater Monday night, Carmelo Anthony stands at the free throw line at Madison Square with his hands on his knees in disbelief. In that moment you can feel all of the air leave the arena. Anthony had put out his best effort, scoring 44 points and has been carrying this team the whole year. Hours later, around 2:00 a.m., there is a report that Raymond Felton has been arrested on gun charges. Read More »