No shortage of motivation for Kings' Isaiah Thomas

By Antonio Gonzalez

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, March 8 2012 4:28 p.m. MST

Denver Nuggets forward Al Harrington, left, fouls Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Monday, March 5, 2012. The Nuggets won 119-116 in overtime.

Chris Schneider, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Ever since he was a kid, Isaiah Thomas has heard the questions about his size. And, of course, whether he's related to that Hall of Famer with a similar name (He's not).

The only answers that satisfy anybody come on the court.

All of 5-foot-9, Thomas slipped to the Sacramento Kings with the 60th and final pick of the NBA draft out of Washington in large part because of his height. While all the attention focused on the team's first-round pick, former BYU sensation Jimmer Fredette, Thomas has been the one who has been nothing, well, short of spectacular.

Thomas has taken the starting point guard spot from Fredette, earned Western Conference rookie of the month honors for February and is becoming one of the franchise's fresh faces.

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