Now we all know that the clear candidates for MVP this season are Russell Westbrook and James Harden, but the last pick in the 2011 NBA draft, Isaiah Thomas, says otherwise.
The 5’9” guard from Washington University has put the Celtics back on the map. Even though the East has had a reputation for being the weaker conference, numbers are hard to ignore. Being second in scoring (29.9) and leading the league in fourth quarter points (10.7), Thomas has caught the whole league by surprise.
With a 34-19 record, the Celtics have been able to rack up some impressive wins against top tier teams that include the Rockets and Raptors. Thomas had above 30 points in both outings. It’s not just about stats that’s making Thomas’ case stronger, it’s the fact that he is the shortest player in the league doing things that 6’8” players would dream of doing.
“Everything I’ve always done in my whole life, I’ve felt I worked that hard for”. Thomas said in a press conference, “It’s never hey I’m 5’9 and doing this, like when I’m out there I feel like I’m 6’4”.
In my opinion, I feel like he loves being one of the shortest in the game, because he has that determination to want to take the ball to the rim every possession down the court to send a message to the rest of the league. He’s been counted out his whole career and was told that he was probably not going to get drafted.
Once a 60th pick in the 2011 NBA draft is now on his way to his first All-Star game and having the best season of his career.
On December 30, 2016 he poured in a career high 52 points, making it one of the best performances by a Celtics’ player in team history. He is currently chasing John Havlicek for most consecutive games with 20+ points. Thomas has reached the 20 mark in all but one game this season! Next time MVP chatter rises, don’t leave the point guard from Boston out of the conversation.