Kings' Thomas named Rookie of the Month

Kings' Thomas named Rookie of the Month
March 1, 2012, 9:21 pm
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Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas was named the NBA's Western Conference Rookie of the Month for the month of February.

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving took home the honors for the Eastern Conference's top rookie.

In 13 February games, Thomas led Western Conference rookies averaging 12.2 points per game, and was second with 4.4 assists per game.

He made his first career start against Detroit on Feb. 17 and registered 13 points and four assists.

Kings coach Keith Smart elected to keep Thomas in the starting lineup thereafter, and in his last four games Thomas is averaging just under 21 points and 7.5 assists per game, including a career-high 24 points vs. the Miami Heat on Feb. 21.

On Feb. 19, Thomas contributed 23 points and a career-high 11 assists against the aforementioned Irving -- who delivered 23 points of his own and made two game-winning free throws with 0.4 seconds left.

Irving was the No.1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, while Thomas was the 60th and final pick of the draft.
Drew Shiller is a Web Producer at CSNBayArea.com. You can follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller.

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