April 26, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) drives against Los Angeles Lakers center Jordan Hill (27) during the third quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 113-96. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
Isaiah Thomas, the very last pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, was named to the All-Rookie second team on Tuesday. Voting was done by NBA head coaches or, in many cases, the closest PR guy they could find. I.T. picked up five votes for the first team and 17 votes for the second team. Once you take out Keith Smart's non-vote -- coaches can't vote for their own players -- that means seven NBA head coaches did not think Isaiah Thomas was among the 10 best rookies in the NBA. Not among the 10 best.
It's easy to understand seeing I.T. get left off of some Rookie of the Year ballots -- there were compelling cases for other players in the top three. But in the top 10? Isaiah's peers on the second team include Chandler Parsons, MarShon Brooks, Derrick Williams and (seriously) Tristan Thompson. Bismack Biyombo, Kemba Walker and Greg Stiemsma got votes.
I should stop quibbling here -- this is a great honor for Isaiah. But he's apparently going to have to beat some people over the head with his production, because they still didn't see it after that great run through the season. Training camp is in four months. I.T. will see you non-believers then.