There’s no refuting it. It’s happening faster than many of us would.
Boston Celtics‘ 5’11” All-Star scoring Point Guard Isaiah Thomas has embarked on a farcical tear — and at such a small size, the overall impact has been larger than life. We’re quite aware of how much this guy has overcome since being picked last in the 2011 NBA Draft, and I’m sure he wakes up every songle day, reliving it.
For sure, we knew how dynamic of a scorer Thomas is — but at this point, he’s taking the evolution of a “Pygmy Point Guard” to a brand new setting.
Before a sudden groin-injury around early December, Isaiah was already scoring at a high-volume. However, it wasn’t at an efficient rate, at just 42% shooting from the floor, and 33% from downtown. This was in 21 games prior to the injury.
But after missing four games, he’s been nothing slight a different animal.
Through nine games to close out 2016, Thomas tore up box-score after box-score. Averaging nearly 32 points and six assists, on 51% shooting and 39% from three. He couldn’t miss from the charity stripe either, making 94% of his free-throws (9.6 attempted).
It was truly amazing to see a player such as Thomas, continuing to grow, as few labeled it “overachieving”. But if you haven’t realized, Isaiah has a chance to do even better than what he’s putting up now, as the Celtics are pushing to regain their place — as one of the Eastern Conference’s top teams.
Thomas capped off a historical stretch of basketball — after a 52-point outburst against the Miami Heat:
But referring back to December, Thomas led the Celtics to a 7-2 record in those nine outings, and these advanced statistics will explain to you, just how unguardable he’s been:
- Other than George Hill, who played just one game in December, Thomas led all scorers with 11.6 Points Per Game in the Fourth Quarter, on 50% shooting from the field and 48% from three. He ranked higher than other NBA stars such as Russell Westbrook (9.9), Kawhi Leonard (8.6), and Demarcus Cousins (8.5).
- While putting up insane scoring numbers, Thomas obtained the 7th-highest Usage Rating in December (33.2).
- Isaiah averaged 43.4 Points Per-100 Possessions in December, as we’ll as 43.0 Points Per 48 minutes.
It’s looking like it’s going to be that kind of season for Isaiah Thomas, who’s proving to be a superstar for the Boston Celtics. As he’s even said it himself — this is something that he has dreamed about, since he was a kid.
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