The Sacramento Kings simply didn’t have enough to keep up with a seemingly possessed Philadelphia 76ers team. Philadelphia has watched what could have been a great season slip through their fingers, while being plagued by injuries throughout their 2012-2013 campaign.
The Kings struggled to find balanced scoring throughout the evening. The Kings had only four players in double digit scoring to the 76er’s six players. Sacramento has shown a propensity to play selfish basketball when they play teams they are capable of simply outplaying.
Tonight’s game is a perfect example of how team basketball wins games. Philadelphia had 31 assists, to the Kings 18. Its a simple concept that while the Kings players have verbally acknowledged, it is painfully obvious the team has yet to embrace the idea of being a winning basketball team.
Isaiah Thomas has been the focus of several of my post game analysis’ simply because while he has shown his ability to be a great player, he has also shown that he has still yet to learn how to both be an effective scorer and a true point guard.
Thomas had a great night shooting the ball, going 10-15 from the field for 25 points. Thomas however failed to record a single assist and turned the ball over three times. His stat line can spell it all out. Thomas is not a natural point guard, but has the ability to become one of the best point guards in the league if he can learn to combine his ability to score in bunches with a drive to become better at distributing the ball. If Thomas can’t pass the ball, he isn’t a good point guard, plain and simple.
Thomas does not need to lead the team in assists per game, but when he isn’t looking to get his teammates involved teams can lock in on him, and make it easier to defend against the rest of the team. Thomas needs to be the consistent leader as well as the vocal one. He has shown his ability to find his teammates, and lead the Kings ; but Thomas has a lot to learn before he will be a top point guard in this league. If Thomas fails to realize that he can only get to the top by combining his scoring with team leadership and passing, he will never make it.