One of the best stories from the 2016-17 NBA season was Isaiah Thomas’ rise as a superstar for the Boston Celtics.
Thomas was traded to the Celtics midseason by the Phoenix Suns and his career blossomed when he got the opportunity to handle the basketball more.
After flashing in his first half season in Boston, Thomas went on to make his first All-Star team in the 2015-16 campaign.
However, the following year was Thomas’ time to shine as the diminutive point guard turned himself into one of the best scorers in the league.
Despite his size, Thomas found ways to get his jump shot off over defenders as well as his use body to get all the way to the cup where he could finish in a variety of creative ways.
Thomas ended up averaging 28.9 points per game that season and he celebrated his accomplishment via his Twitter account.
It’s not, but it’s all good! My peers respect and appreciate it more than anything and that’s what matters most… Will it ever happen again? We will seeeee https://t.co/Whxwry1vln
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) September 22, 2023
Averaging nearly 29 points a game is hard for any player in the league, but more so for someone like Thomas who was disadvantaged physically compared to his peers.
For the feat, Thomas finished fifth in MVP voting and led Boston to another postseason appearance though the team bowed out in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers as he dealt with injuries.
With Thomas on the mend, the Celtics decided to trade him to the Cavaliers and his career was never quite the same as he struggled to regain his form.
However, no one can take away what Thomas was able to do and he’ll always be remembered as a fan favorite.NEXT: Jaylen Brown Has Hilarious Exchange With Grizzlies Player Over Marcus Smart