Ask Isaiah Thomas where he sees himself at the end of the season and he’ll tell you ‘at the top.’ Nothing less can be expected of the Boston Celtics floor general, who’s left plenty a defender with his mouth agape after seeing his dynamic ability to score the ball.
Thomas is averaging 29.9 points per game, a full point shy of the NBA’s leader, Russell Westbrook, who boasts the highest usage rate (41.9) by a wide margin. The Washington standout wasn’t shy to express his willingness to win this year’s scoring crown.
Does Isaiah Thomas expect to pass Russell Westbrook as NBA's top scorer? “That’s the goal. I think I can. I’m confident I can,” he said.
— Bill Doyle (@BillDoyle15) February 16, 2017
The 5-foot-9 playmaking wizard has a 52-point game to his name, along with four 40-point games, and 16 30-point games through 52 games played this season.
The Celtics have 26 games left until the start of the playoffs, which is plenty of time for Thomas to pass Westbrook, who has already won a scoring title himself.
Isaiah Thomas is in a scoring rampage of his own, notching his 40th straight 20-point game and tying the team record set by Celtics’ great John Havlicek during the 1971-72 season.
‘‘It doesn’t seem real for my name to be mentioned with such greats and Hall of Famers,’’ Thomas told the Associated Press. ‘‘It means I’m doing something well. And I’m just glad we’re winning on top of it.’’