At the height of 5’10”, J.J. Frazier could potentially be the next Isaiah Thomas. Out of the upcoming 2017 NBA Draft prospects, J.J. Frazier is not highly rated and neither was Isaiah Thomas. This year Frazier has averaged 18 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals a game. Thomas averaged 28 points, 6 assists, 2 assists, and 1 steal a game during the 2016-2017 NBA season while playing for the Boston Celtics.
Both players have had their best seasons this year. Frazier and Thomas are both very aggressive guards who have always been the smallest on the court but have never been scared to take on any obstacle. Both guards can also shoot consistent three pointers and drive the basket superbly. Many people have seen Thomas play but little have seen Frazier play. Frazier had possibly his best game of the season against Kentucky who was ranked 13th at the time.
Frazier plays just like Thomas with his speed, shooting, ball handling, and much more. Starting out on small teams as a smaller player was a very hard thing to do for Thomas, and Frazier has begun to do that. Both players can do well against any team with any players on their team whether they are on the best team playing the worst team or the worst team playing the best team. Many fans and analysts have never noticed the smaller guards that are just as good or even better than the bigger guards that get all the fame. Frazier and Thomas both work harder than any other player on and off the court because they have been doubted their whole life. Here are a few highlights of each player to show their similarities.
If Frazier gets put on the right team in the NBA with the right players around him, he will turn out to be a NBA All-Star just like Thomas has done. If Frazier would have gone to play for a bigger college like Duke, North Carolina, or Kansas, he would get more credit. Frazier and Thomas could match up against the other great guards currently and would put up a great contest, maybe even win because they can do everything so well from shooting to defending. So when J.J. Frazier is an NBA All-Star in a few years, you will have known first.