Isaiah Thomas, Rookie of the Year?

April 2, 2012, 8:02 pm
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For months, it has seemed like a foregone conclusion that Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going to win the NBA's Rookie of the Year award. However, the Sacramento Bee wonders if Kings rookie guard Isaiah Thomas could spoil the party.

The Bee's Stephen Magnagni writes, in part:

Since February, Thomas has started for the Kings. Before Saturday night's game against the New Jersey Nets, he was averaging 16.1 points and 5.9 assists in the previous 10 games, with 19 points in a win over Utah on Friday.Thomas' relentless hustle and unselfish play have rebranded the suddenly exciting Kings. With a boyish smile, natural leadership skills and a penchant for doing the unexpected, he has become the one of the most compelling stories of the Kings season.

What do you think? Can Thomas, who was Mr. Irrelevant (i.e. the last pick) in the 2011 draft actually become the NBA's Rookie of the Year? Or is it nothing more than just a nice underdog story?