ISAIAH THOMAS NAMED NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH

SACRAMENTO, CALIF., Apr. 2, 2012 -- Kings guard Isaiah Thomas was named NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in March. It is the second straight month he has won the award. Thomas joins Tyreke Evans as the only Kings rookies to win back-to-back Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors. Thomas is the fourth Kings rookie to receive the monthly honor – Lionel Simmons (December 1990, February 1991), Brian Grant (January 1995), Evans (October/November 2009, December 2009) – and joins Simmons and Evans as the only two-time award winners.

Thomas led Western Conference rookies in March in assists (4.9 rpg) and was second in scoring (13.6 ppg). He also led all rookies in fastbreak points (64) in March and was ranked first in free throws made (54), second in assists (89), third in points (245) and steals (24).

Drafted by the Kings in the second round (60th overall), Thomas is averaging 10.6 points (.444 FG%, .360 3pt%, .832 FT%), 2.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 23.6 minutes per game in 51 contests this season (started 23). In his 23 starts, Thomas is averaging 14.8 points (.488 FG%, .386 3pt%, .845 FT%), 3.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.2 steals, and 31 minutes per game. He is fourth on the team in scoring and second in assists.

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