Mr. Fourth Quarter, Mighty Mouse or better known as Isaiah Thomas has been acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a jaw-dropping trade with the Boston Celtics.
I bet you didn’t think that this off-season could get any crazier. Well, you’re wrong. The Cavs have traded Kyrie Irving for superstar Isaiah Thomas. Many people know who Thomas is and already have their opinions on him as a player, but many may be blinded when it comes to realizing that Thomas is just as good as Irving in some aspects.
Thomas was drafted with the final pick in the 2012 draft, same draft class as Kyrie and he hasn’t forgotten that since. Thomas was drafted by the Sacramento Kings and wasn’t an offensive focal point until his last season with the team when he averaged 20.3 points per game in the 2013-2014 season.
Thomas then packed his bags and started the next season with the Phoenix Suns. This part of his career should just be erased. Thomas was in one of the biggest log jams in NBA history; the team featured Brandon Knight, Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe. Thomas is easily the best of these options now, but he only started one game that season and was held in check by averaging only 15.2 points per game.
But just like Jae Crowder, Thomas thrived once he was given the chance to play in Boston. Thomas’ first full season with the Celtics, 2015-2016 season, was successful as he played in all 82 games and started in 79 of them. Thomas set a career high for points per game that season and helped drive the Celtics to relevancy with a 48-34 record. Thomas is one of the reasons the Celtics were able to attract big free agents like Al Horford and Gordon Hayward. Thomas is a great teammate.
Thomas’ huge break was last season. Thomas took the Celtics to heights not many thought possible. No one would’ve predicted the Celtics to take the first seed in the Eastern Conference especially with LeBron being in the conference. Thomas was a MVP candidate for the tail end of the season and for good reason. Thomas exploded onto the scene with a 28.9 points per game average which was easily his best scoring season yet. Thomas became one of the most clutch players in the league and had the highest fourth quarter scoring average in the Eastern Conference.
Thomas does have a lingering hip injury that kept him out of the playoffs against the Cavs for the majority of the five-game series against Cleveland. Sources are saying that Thomas has been rehabbing that hip since May and should be ready to go for the season without any setbacks.
Thomas plays with a chip on his back that most players don’t ever experience. We can name you all the players that were drafted last in a draft and went on to be an amazing player. Expect more effort from Thomas than you got from Kyrie Irving. Irving had the keys handed to him from the start by playing at Duke and then being the first pick in the draft.
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