Isaiah Thomas is also angry with his SI.com Top 100 ranking
45? SI rankings are a JOKE!!
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) September 16, 2016
The 5-foot-9 Washington alum is coming off a season where he averaged 22.2 points, 6.2 assists, three rebounds, and 1.1 steals — which netted him his first All-Star appearance, but only a No. 45 ranking on the list.
However, Thomas’ poor shooting percentage in the postseason and overall inefficiency led to his fall in the 2016-17 rankings, according to SI‘s Ben Golliver.
Thomas had previously ranked No. 88 in the 2015-16 iteration of the magazine’s annual list, which he was also irked by.
Sports illustrated Rankings are a JOKE lol. Feels like back in HS when those POLITICAL rankings would come out & we would just laugh it off
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) August 31, 2015
To be fair, part of what makes these athletes great is their refusal at being nominated something other than what they think their potential is at.
Being a glass half-empty type of guy isn’t necessarily the worst trait to have in an ultra-competitive sport where the good keep getting better and the great have to work even harder to remain at the top.
While Golliver’s rank feels pretty accurate, hopefully Thomas balls out like he did last season and has yet another career-year to improve his stock for next year’s list.