Isaiah Thomas has been one of the most explosive surprises of this NBA season, and the little big man in town keeps drawing from his never-ending pool of motivation to prove his doubters wrong one after the other.
“To all those people that said, ‘He’s a spark plug off the bench, a sixth man at best, a volume scorer who can’t play defense… I am going to keep going,” Thomas told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears. “I am going to make everybody eat their words. They didn’t want to give me my just due. That’s what keeps pushing me till this day.”
The 5-foot-9 point guard has been a revelation of a kind this season, improving in his already robust 22.2 points per game average from last season, to a 29.9 points per game clip through 52 games in 2016-17 — second only to Russell Westbrook’s 31.1 average.
In his second full season as the Boston Celtics leading man, Thomas has seen a career-season in field goal percentage (46.8), free-throw percentage (91.1), assists (6.3), and three-point field goals made (3.2).
“Getting the opportunity to be a ‘franchise guy’ and getting the keys to the team, I could play at this level,” Thomas said. “I always believed in myself and believed that something like this short height by NBA standards could be a blessing in disguise. This might not sound right, but I use my height to my advantage.”