PG Isaiah Thomas last appeared in an NBA game on a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. Thomas only appeared in three games, collecting 23 points in 48 minutes of action.
This is a long cry from the Thomas the world fell in love with in Boston only a few years ago. Thomas averaged almost 29 points per game in his final full season with the Celtics (2016-17). As the shortest player on the floor, Thomas became a fan favorite in less than three years with the club. Boston adored Thomas, and he reciprocated by adoring the city and its supporters.
Thomas blazed through the regular season in 2016-17, racking up points and positioning himself for a large payout in the future. That playoffs, Thomas was unstoppable for the Celtics, guiding them to their first Eastern Conference Finals since 2012. Following the first two games, Thomas was declared out of the series due to a serious hip injury and was ruled out for the rest of the series.
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Since that injury, Thomas’ career has been a rollercoaster ride, with no club able to keep him for more than one season. Thomas’s big windfall, which he had spoken about and longed for, never came. Instead, after recovering from his hip injury, the former All-Star has been traded to five different clubs.
Now, the 32-year-old guard just wants one more chance to realize his NBA goal. Nobody wants to go out on terms other than their own. Thomas is no exception, as he continues to play and battle for a spot on an NBA team.
Thomas’ 81-point outburst enthralled the audience during a Crawsover Pro-Am game in Seattle, which included former NBA players Jamal Crawford and Nate (KO) Robinson.
And Thomas demonstrated to attendees, general managers, and the rest of the world that he is still capable of getting buckets. Thomas not only scored 81 points, but he did it while wearing Kobe Bryant’s trademark sneakers.
Following the game, Thomas seemed to be in a very emotional condition.
I’m not sure how this performance will affect his possible return to the league, but it’s nice to see him back on the floor and looking more than active as if he still has enough left in the tank. If he wants to play for a club next season, he’ll have to establish himself against NBA quality. The 10-day deal he recently signed with the Pelicans didn’t exactly work out for him. Thomas’ days in the NBA were already numbered at 32, as a small guard, so it’ll take that one GM who sees something left in him to give him one more chance.
Although it is unlikely that Thomas will ever play in the NBA again, miracles do happen. That miracle may be the only thing that gets him back on a team in the near future.
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