Isaiah Thomas (basketball)
Thomas with the Kings
|No. 22 – Sacramento Kings|
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|
|Pro playing career||2011–present|
|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 Sacramento Kings of the 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
Thomas 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. This performance earned him the nickname "The IT Department", Thomas would yell his signature line, "I just took yo ass to the IT Department", when successfully finishing in the lane. 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 forego 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.
NBA career statistics
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Isaiah Thomas was named after former Detroit Pistons All-Star 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 surprising 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, the boy's 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
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- Washington 81, Morgan St. 67 - Recap - December 30, 2008
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- "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.
- The Name Of The Game, Sports Illustrated Feb. 7, 2011,
- Player Bio: Isaiah Thomas - University of Washington Official Athletics Site
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