Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas is expected to make debut against the Spurs
IT BACK 🏁⌚️
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) October 26, 2019
It has been a tough last two seasons for Thomas since averaging 28.9 points and 4.8 assists for the Boston Celtics in 2016-17. He played during the playoffs that season while dealing with a significant hip injury that later required surgery. The team dealt him to the Cleveland Cavaliers in part of the Kyrie Irving trade during that offseason.
There were significant struggles for Thomas while he played for the Cavaliers and that ultimately resulted in him being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. He appeared in just 15 games and earned 14 starts with the Cavs and made 17 appearances with the Lakers in 2017-18. His season was cut short due to a need for another hip surgery.
After hitting free agency in 2018, Thomas signed a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets. He appeared in 12 games during the 2018-19 season and struggled when he was on the floor. With how deep the Nuggets’ guard rotation was, they needed his valuable locker room presence as opposed to on-court production.
With John Wall sidelined for all of the 2019-20 season, the Wizards will have more playing time for Thomas than he received with the Nuggets. It will be up to him to find a rhythm and contribute in his role.