While many guards in the league are in contract years, hoping to play out a great 2017-18 season to merit a hefty extension, Isaiah Thomas isn’t worried in the least.
The 5-foot-9 dynamo is in fact “very confident” and he wasn’t afraid to show it during a Q&A session at his camp at Boston University, where he hosted more than 400 campers.
“Very confident,” Thomas said, according to Stephen Hewitt of the Boston Herald. “I deserve it. I put the work in, and you can put me down against any guard in the NBA… My numbers are up there with the best players in the world, and my team is winning. So, I mean, you have to reward that.”
Thomas enjoyed a career-best season in 2016-17, finishing third in the scoring race with a 28.9 point-per-game average and heroically leading his team through the first two rounds of the postseason before suffering a season-ending injury during the Eastern Conference Finals.
“At the end of the day I’m not too worried about it,” said Thomas. “I only talk about it when people bring it up, so everybody’s always like, ‘He’s always talking.’ I’m not talking about it unless somebody brings it up. I’m just going to keep working though. My time is gonna come. I have a lot of faith in God, and I just have to keep working to get better.”
The Celtics point man has been seen sporting his “Brinks truck” sandals — a clear symbol of the truck-load of cash he expects to be paid after being a key part of the Celtics’ rise to prominence after the departure of the big three.