It is quite unique to grow up with a famous name. It is even more special to be in the same line of work with your celebrity namesake. But it is true, rarified air to share the same name, achieve similar early success and have the same job in the same profession.
Such is the case with Isaiah Thomas, the diminutive point guard with big fearlessness guiding the Sacramento Kings. What is even more magical is the fact that he was purposely named after the Detroit Pistons All-Star, Isiah Thomas. His father, James, in the late 1980s bet a friend that his favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers would defeat the Pistons during the 1989 NBA Finals. Despite their differences in spelling, the coincidence that Isaiah grew up excelling in basketball at the same position as the elder Isiah is quite astonishing. In high school Isaiah was prolific. During his 11th grade season at South Kent School in South Kent, Connecticut he averaged 31.2 points. In the NCAAs, he had an immediate impact at the University of Washington. In college during his sophomore year he averaged 16.9 points and was selected as first team All-Pac-10. During his junior year Thomas was again named first team All-Pac-10 and was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award.
After forgoing his senior season at Washington, Thomas was selected with the 60th and final pick of the 2011 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings. His impact with the multi talented yet veteran void Kings has also been impactful. It was announced this week Thomas won his second back to back Western Conference Rookie of the Month Award for the months of February and March, respectively. For the month of March, Thomas started each game and averaged 30 minutes, 13.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists. In March he outplayed Jason Kidd and Rajon Rondo during blowout wins against the Mavs and Celtics, respectively. Despite the Kings record of 19-35, it appears they have found their court conductor. He has helped improve the play of his teammates and has won the trust of his coaches. Winning consecutive Western Conference Rookie of the Months Awards speaks volumes. In regards to the most recent NBA draft , at least relating to the Western Conference, the Kings seemed to have saved the best for last.
Iman Sadri is a columnist for iranian.com. He is a graduate of NYU and he covered the Sacramento Kings for The Current at American River College. He was a Kings beat writer for bleacherreport.com. He is a cultural and entertainment contributor for Persianmirror.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org