Isaiah Thomas (basketball, born 1989)
Thomas with the Kings
|No. 4 – Boston Celtics|
February 7, 1989 |
|Listed height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||South Kent School
(South Kent, Connecticut)
|NBA draft||2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60th overall|
|Selected by the Sacramento Kings|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Isaiah Jamar Thomas (born February 7, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Listed at 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m), he plays as a point guard. He played college basketball at Washington. He has been compared to 5'9" former Washington star Nate Robinson in both style and production.
High school career
He attended Curtis Senior High School in University Place, Washington through 11th grade, and then transferred to South Kent School in Kent, Connecticut to repeat the 11th grade due to academic deficiencies. He graduated from South Kent School in 2008. At Curtis, Thomas averaged 31.2 points as a junior. He called a news briefing on April 20, 2006 to announce his intention to sign with the University of Washington.
Thomas received blessings from Nate Robinson, the former Washington Huskies star, to wear his #2 jersey. In an exhibition game against Western Washington, Thomas scored 27 points on 9-of-12 field goals. He scored a season-high 27 points in an 81–67 home win over Morgan State on December 30, 2008. This bettered his previous high of 19 points scored in a 74–51 blowout over Florida International on November 20.
Thomas made an immediate impact upon arrival for the Washington Huskies during the 2008-09 season as he averaged 15.5 points, 2.6 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game as a true freshman. As a sophomore, the scoring output continued as he raised his averages to 16.9 points, 3.2 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game. He was selected first team All-Pac-10.
Thomas was again named first team All-Pac-10 in his junior year. On March 12, 2011 Thomas scored 28 points and hit a game winning buzzer beater in overtime to lead the Huskies to victory over Arizona in the championship game of the Pac-10 tournament. He was among the final ten candidates for the Bob Cousy Award in his junior season.
On March 31, 2011 he officially announced his intentions to forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft.
Before the 2011 NBA Draft, Thomas participated in his own pre draft documentary entitled "Road To The NBA-The Isaiah Thomas Story". Thomas was drafted as the 60th pick by the Sacramento Kings in the second round of the 2011 NBA draft. He was the final pick in the draft. On February 19, 2012, Thomas recorded his first double-double with 23 points and 11 assists against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
On March 1, 2012, Thomas was named the February Western Conference NBA Rookie of the Month after averaging 12.2 points and 4.4 assists per game in February. This would be the first time someone who was picked last in the NBA Draft would win the Rookie of the Month award. On April 2, 2012 Thomas was once again named Western Conference NBA Rookie of the Month after averaging 13.6 points and 4.9 assists per game in the month of March. Thomas was also named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team and finished seventh in NBA Rookie of the Year voting.
On January 19, 2014, he scored a career-high 38 points in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Five days later, he tied this total against the Indiana Pacers. On March 18, 2014, he recorded his first career triple-double with 24 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in a 117-111 overtime win over the Washington Wizards; giving him status as the shortest player to ever record a triple-double in the NBA. During his last season with the Kings, Thomas joined the likes of Calvin Murphy (twice), Dana Barros, Damon Stoudamire, and Michael Adams as the only players under 6'0" tall to average over 20 points per game and 6 assists per game in a season.
On July 12, 2014, Thomas was acquired by the Phoenix Suns in a sign-and-trade deal that also sent the rights of Alex Oriakhi to the Kings. On August 14, 2014, Thomas underwent a successful arthroscopy of his left wrist, an injury he sustained the previous season. He went on to make his debut for the Suns in the team's season-opener against the Los Angeles Lakers. He recorded 23 points, 3 assists and 1 rebound in a 119-99 win. In the Suns' next game on October 31, Thomas again recorded 23 points in a 94-89 win over the San Antonio Spurs, becoming just the fourth Sun, joining Tom Chambers, A. C. Green, and Tom Gugliotta to scored at least 23 points in his first two games with the team.
After missing eight games with an ankle injury, Thomas returned to action on December 12 as he scored 10 points in the Suns' 103-105 loss to the Detroit Pistons. On January 21, 2015, He recorded a season-high 27 points off the bench in a 118-113 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. On February 5, Thomas was announced as a contestant for the NBA Skills Challenge, making him the shortest contestant to ever participate in the event.
On February 19, 2015, Thomas was traded to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first-round pick. Three days later, he made his debut for the Celtics as he recorded 21 points and 5 rebounds off the bench in a 111-118 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. On March 2, he was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played February 23 through March 1. On March 25, Thomas returned after missing eight games with a bruised lower back to score just four points in 20 minutes of action in an 86-93 loss to the Miami Heat. On April 8, he scored a season-high 34 points in a 113-103 win over the Detroit Pistons. This performance helped be named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for a second time on April 13, for games played April 6 through April 12.  His performances with the team late into the season helped the Celtics return to the playoffs once again.
NBA career statistics
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|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Thomas was named after former Detroit Pistons Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas when his father, James, bet his friend that his favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers, would defeat the Pistons in the 1989 NBA Finals (which the Pistons won in a four-game sweep). Even though the younger Thomas ended up being born months before the Finals took place, James had already warmed to the name. However, his mother Tina Baldtrip insisted on spelling it 'Isaiah', as she desired a biblical name. Because of his namesake's unpopularity among New York Knicks fans after unsuccessfully serving as head coach and team executive, the fans boo Isaiah Thomas whenever he plays in Madison Square Garden.
- Player Bio: Isaiah Thomas
- Curtis' Isaiah Thomas likely to choose UW
- Isaiah Thomas ready to play basketball for Huskies
- Isaiah Thomas Recruiting Profile
- UW Men's Basketball | No. 2 man Isaiah Thomas expects big returns
- Washington 81, Morgan St. 67 - Recap - December 30, 2008
- "BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES FINAL TEN CANDIDATES FOR 2011 BOB COUSY AWARD" (PDF). Bob Cousy Award. February 7, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
- Percy Allen (June 22, 2011). "Husky Men's Basketball Blog | Road To The NBA - The Isaiah Thomas Story | Seattle Times Newspaper". seattletimes.nwsource.com. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
- "CLEVELAND’S KYRIE IRVING AND SACRAMENTO’S ISAIAH THOMAS NAMED ROOKIES OF THE MONTH". March 1, 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
- "Isaiah Thomas Named NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for March". sacramentokings.com. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
- Shiller, Drew. "Thompson named to All-Rookie First Team, Thomas to Second Team". csnbayarea.com. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
- Notebook: Thunder 108, Kings 93
- Notebook: Kings 117, Wizards 111 (OT)
- New Phoenix Suns PG Isaiah Thomas provides bang for the buck
- Suns Complete Sign-and-Trade for Isaiah Thomas
- Suns Thomas Undergoes Successful Procedure
- Suns rout Lakers 119-99 despite Kobe's 31 points
- Thomas helps Suns surge past Spurs
- Drummond leads Pistons over Suns 105-103
- Isaiah Thomas to Compete in 2015 Skills Challenge
- "Celtics Acquire Thomas From Phoenix". NBA.com. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
- Lakers stop 7-game losing streak with OT win over Celtics
- Isaiah Thomas Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week
- Isaiah Thomas returns for Celtics
- Celtics eliminate Pistons from race, 113-103
- The Name Of The Game, Sports Illustrated Feb. 7, 2011[dead link]
- Player Bio: Isaiah Thomas - University of Washington Official Athletics Site[dead link]
- Begley, Ian (2012-02-15). "Knicks fans boo Isaiah Thomas". ESPN. Retrieved February 15, 2012.