There was a time when Isaiah Thomas was one of the most exciting scorers in the NBA and a fringe MVP candidate.

That 2016-17 campaign with the Boston Celtics was just three seasons ago, but it feels like an eternity.

Now, Thomas is on his fourth team since then, as he signed a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards over the summer, and while he is still barely a shell of the player he once was, he is currently having his best stretch since his last season in Boston.

Last year, Thomas thought he could revitalize his career with the Denver Nuggets, but he missed the first part of the season while recovering from hip surgery, received only scarce playing time upon returning and was eventually banished from the Nuggets’ rotation altogether.

This past Tuesday, Thomas faced Denver for the first time since then, managing just three points in a 13-point loss.

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But while one might expect Thomas to be a bit better about his experience in the Mile High City, he actually has rather fond memories of his time with the Nuggets:

“The positive was that they allowed me to take my time and get back healthy,” Thomas said, according to Kyle Fredrickson of The Denver Post. “That was number one. The situation wasn’t like I thought it would it be and it wasn’t like everybody else thought it would be. But the training staff and my teammates treated me with the utmost respect and I can’t thank them enough.”

In 14 games this season, Thomas is averaging 12 points and 5.3 assists over 24.5 minutes per game while shooting 42.5 percent from the floor, 39.2 percent from three-point range and 84.6 percent from the free-throw line.

It’s a far cry from the 28.9 points per game he averaged three years ago, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.