Isaiah Thomas (basketball, born 1989)

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For the former NBA All-Star and Hall of Fame guard, see Isiah Thomas.
Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas Dec 2013.jpg
Thomas with the Kings
No. 3 – Phoenix Suns
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1989-02-07) February 7, 1989 (age 25)
Tacoma, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school South Kent School
(South Kent, Connecticut)
College Washington (2008–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Pro career 2011–present
Career history
20112014 Sacramento Kings
2014–present Phoenix Suns
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 Phoenix Suns of the NBA. Listed at 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m),[1] 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.[2]

High school career[edit]

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.[3] He called a news briefing on April 20, 2006 to announce his intention to sign with the University of Washington.[2]

College career[edit]

Thomas with the Washington Huskies in 2011

Thomas received blessings from Nate Robinson, the former Washington Huskies star, to wear his #2 jersey.[4] 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.[5] This bettered his previous high of 19 points scored in a 74–51 blowout over Florida International on November 20.[5]

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.[6]

On March 31, 2011 he officially announced his intentions to forego his senior season and enter the NBA draft.

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Washington Huskies 35 34 28.4 .418 .291 .686 3.0 2.6 1.1 0.1 15.5
2009–10 Washington Huskies 35 35 31.1 .415 .327 .732 3.9 3.2 1.1 0.1 16.9
2010–11 Washington Huskies 35 35 31.9 .445 .349 .719 3.5 6.1 1.3 0.1 16.8

Professional career[edit]

Sacramento Kings[edit]

Before the 2011 NBA Draft Thomas participated in his own pre draft documentary entitled "Road To The NBA-The Isaiah Thomas Story".[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] Thomas was also named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team and finished seventh in NBA Rookie of the Year voting.[10]

On January 19, 2014, he scored a career-high 38 points in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

Phoenix Suns[edit]

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.[14] On August 14, 2014, Thomas underwent a successful arthroscopy of his left wrist, which was initially caused due to an injury he had received last season.[15]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Sacramento 65 37 25.5 .448 .379 .832 2.6 4.1 .8 .1 11.5
2012–13 Sacramento 79 62 26.9 .440 .358 .882 2.0 4.0 .8 .0 13.9
2013–14 Sacramento 72 54 34.7 .453 .349 .850 2.9 6.3 1.3 .1 20.3
Career 216 153 29.1 .447 .360 .857 2.5 4.8 1.0 .1 15.3

Personal[edit]

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, the boy's mother, Tina Baldtrip, insisted on spelling it 'Isaiah', as she desired a biblical name.[16][17] 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.[18]

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