What 2 Watch 4 - Trail Blazers Vs. Kings

November 8, 2013


Mo Williams vs. Isaiah Thomas

Neither Mo Williams nor Isaiah Thomas has started a game for their respective teams so far this season. But both players have finished them. As the first player off the bench in many cases, both guards play important roles for their squads. And for Williams, this isn’t an unfamiliar role. Though he started in all 46 games in which he appeared for Utah last season, Williams made just one start in a reserve role with the Clippers in 2011-12. That season, he made his presence felt by posting a 13.2 scoring average that ranked sixth among all qualified NBA reserves. Now in his first year with Portland, the Mississippi native could post his 10th consecutive season with a scoring average in double figures, a streak that would include stints with five different teams. Not bad for a 47th overall pick (by Utah in 2003). But nobody can be selected later than Sacramento’s Isaiah Thomas, whom the Kings took with the 60th and final pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. None of that matters now, and it didn’t when the former Washington Husky was named to the 2011-12 All-Rookie Second Team. Thomas has busted out of the gates this season as well. With 20.8 points per game, he leads all NBA reserves in scoring average through four games in 2013-14.

Mo Williams

• Ranked sixth among all qualified players in bench scoring with 13.2 points per game with the Clippers in 2011-12
• Averaged double figures in scoring in each of his last nine NBA seasons, all but his rookie year in 2003-04
• Named an NBA All-Star during the 2008-09 season with Cleveland, when he notched career highs of 17.8 points and 43.6% 3-point shooting

Isaiah Thomas

• The NBA leader in scoring average off the bench with 20.8 points per game through four contests this year
• Named Rookie of the Month in back-to-back months, February and March 2012, before earning a place on the 2011-12 All-Rookie Second Team
• Played three seasons at the University of Washington, averaging 16.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists from 2008-11