In the 2011 NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings selected Isiah Thomas with the final pick hoping he’d bring back the “Bad Boys” from Detriot.
Oh, wait, that Isiah Thomas retired from the NBA a long time ago, and now we have another one, Isaiah Jamar Thomas with an extra A in his name.
Essentially, Isaiah hasn’t been anything like the other Isiah Thomas. In fact, many players in the league don’t like his attitude; at least, that’s what Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has been claiming, but maybe James is right.
Thomas is currently the shortest NBA player in the league and his success on the offensive side has given him an overwhelming amount of confidence which he continues to show every year with his improvement.
The 5-foot-9 inch point guard spent three seasons with the Kings before joining the Phoenix Suns in 2014. The Kings were going through a rebuild around then superstar DeMarcus Cousins who has his own attitude issues.
Thomas didn’t last a full season with the Suns before they traded him to the Boston Celtics. The Suns had a lineup full of “small” guards, and it was hard for them to find Thomas playing time especially with his demands. Thomas was playing behind Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, and Goran Dragic at one point during his time with the Suns.
The trade to the Celtics left Thomas sitting behind Rajon Rondo for the remainder of that 2014-2015 season. Thomas spent the next two seasons as the top dog in Boston and earned himself two All-Star appearances while leading the Celtics to the first seed in the Eastern Conference. An injury in the Conference Finals caused him to miss all but two games as the Celtics lost to the Cavaliers, 4-1.
The Celtics traded him, teammate Jae Crowder and the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving.
Thomas had only played 15 games with the Cavaliers this season, but it was clear that LeBron did not want Thomas in his locker room and it was time for him to go. So he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers along with Channing Frye. Thomas will finish his 2017-2018 season with the Lakers, but where will he be at the start of next season.
His size and lack of defense have hurt him with every team he’s been on. He always demands the ball, but can never help the team on the defensive side because he’s “too small.”
But it would be nice to see him find a new home and finally get himself a max contract. We do expect to see him be signed somewhere, but it will only be for one-year. After being traded twice in one season, he will need to prove that he is worthy of the big bucks and can actually be a leader on a team.
With the Lakers, Thomas has that opportunity. If he could show that he is a worthy leader and team player by taking a backseat to Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, maybe more teams will look at him.
We could imagine seeing Isaiah Thomas with the Lakers on a one-year deal, but what options are out there for him next season?