Top Rookie of the Year candidates

Isaiah Thomas was the last player selected in the 2011 draft, and that's a good place to start today.

Watching the diminutive Thomas run circles around the Raptors in the second half Wednesday night -- he finished with 20 points and six assists to lead Sacramento to a 98-91 win over Toronto -- drove home the point that had already been established in the season's opening weeks: This rookie class is making a serious impact.