Is Isaiah Thomas a foundational player?
Coming into the league as the 60th overall pick in 2011, the thought that Isaiah Thomas could be a star in the NBA seemed a bit farfetched. Thomas started his career in Sacramento before signing with Phoenix in 2014. His stint with the Suns, however, did not last long as he was traded in the middle of his first season to the Boston Celtics.
With Boston, Thomas thrived as a 6th man and helping lead a young team to the playoffs. The 2015-16 season started off the same way, with Thomas leading the second unit and being Boston’s best player. Since injuries thrusted Thomas into the starting lineup, he has never looked back. That season, Thomas set a career high with 22.2 PPG, on his way to being named to his first all-star team and becoming a star in Boston. Thomas again led the Celtics to another playoff appearance where he played excellent despite losing in the first round to the Atlanta Hawks.
The Celtics come into this offseason in a position where they want to expedite their rebuilding process by adding an all-star or two through free agency or trade. The hope is that adding premier talent to their current all-star, Isaiah Thomas, and the young core around him, the team will move their way up the league. The question is, however, “Can Isaiah Thomas be a foundational player that the team can build a contender with?”.
Countless times last season, Thomas was counted on to make a play for his team and, on multiple occasions, he was able to deliver. Whether it was the game tying shot against the Clippers or the behind the head pass to Jae Crowder to seal a win against Milwaukee, Thomas has proven that he can step up when needed. Thomas may not be the type of player that can be a number one on a championship team, but he absolutely can be a top three option on a team that is contending for a title.
Coming into the league as an undersized point guard, Thomas has been able to prove that, not only does he belong in the league, but can also be a top 20 player and lead a team to multiple playoff appearances. Although he never reached the postseason in his first four years in the league, Thomas proved that in the right situation he can be a terrific player. After spending the past couple seasons improving, the Celtics are hoping that this summer can bring them the talent needed to continue to get better and build with the foundational player that Thomas has proven to be.
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