|Full Name||Isaiah Thomas|
|Birthday||February 7, 1989|
Isaiah Thomas is an American professional basketball player who has overcome questions about his size to become one of the NBA‘s most dynamic scorers. The 5-foot-9 guard was a two-time All-Star with the Boston Celtics, leading them to the playoffs from 2015-2017 with his clutch scoring ability.
Early Life and College Career
Isaiah Thomas was born on February 7, 1989 in Tacoma, Washington. He attended Curtis Senior High School where he led his team to back-to-back state championships in 2006 and 2008…
Thomas entered the 2011 NBA Draft after his junior year at the University of Washington and was selected with the 60th and final pick by the Sacramento Kings. Despite being chosen late, Thomas earned a spot in the Kings‘ rotation as a rookie, averaging 11.5 points and 4.1 assists per game…
Breakout with the Boston Celtics
After being traded to the Celtics in 2015, Thomas truly broke out, earning NBA All-Star honors in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Some of his notable achievements from this period include:
- Averaging a career-high 28.9 points per game in 2016-17, the most by any Celtics player since Larry Bird
- Scoring 53 points against the Wizards in 2017 – a Celtics playoff record
- Named to the All-NBA Second Team in 2016-17
- Finishing 5th in MVP voting in 2016-17 after leading the Celtics to an Eastern Conference best 53-29 record
Thomas was the heart and soul of those great Celtics teams, coming up clutch time and again with his fearless scoring. Who could forget his legendary 52-point performance against the Wizards in the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals, playing through injury after the tragic death of his sister?
After 2 and a half exceptional seasons in Boston, Thomas was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in August 2017. However, a nagging hip injury hampered his play with the Cavaliers and he was later dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018…
Despite standing just 5-foot-9, Isaiah Thomas plays with a fearlessness and confidence that allows him to thrive as an undersized scorer. He has tremendous body control around the rim, able to finish creatively through contact. His clutch shooting ability from deep and the free throw line are also huge assets…
Isaiah Thomas has proven that height doesn‘t define a player. His skills, heart, and determination allowed him to succeed as an undersized star in a league of giants. Thomas‘ memorable run with the Celtics cemented his legacy as someone capable of carrying a contender. He remains an inspiration for underdogs everywhere to keep working and never let limitations hold you back.