Former University of Washington Husky and current Sacramento Kings rookie Isaiah Thomas finally got his chance to start some games last month, and made the most of his opportunity. Even though the Kings finished the month with a decent 6-7 record, the NBA took notice of his stellar performances this past month, naming Thomas the Western Conference Rookie of the Month in February.
Thomas led all Western Conference rookies last month in scoring, averaging 12.2 points per contest, while coming in second in assists with an average of 4.4 a game. Thomas had never started an NBA game until February, but earned his first five career starts last month, scoring 96 total points in those contests. That was enough to tie Otis Birdsong's franchise record for most points in a player's first five starts, which he accomplished way back in the 1970-71 season when the team was still the Cincinnati Royals.