Thomas showing that height is just a number
If Isaiah Thomas was to be selected to the 2015-16 NBA All-Star Game, it would be the first time since 1996-97 that a player 5-11 or shorter received a selection. Terrell Brandon was that gentleman and he stood at 5′-11″, about two or three inches taller than Thomas, and recorded 10 points and eight assists in that game. What’s even more amazing is that Thomas would join Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy as the only other player to be selected to an All-Star game at 5′-9″ or shorter.
Thomas has come out of the gates on fire, collecting 25+ points in three of the first four games and dishing out seven assists in each of those three games. Mind you that Thomas is supposed to be used as a sixth man for Brad Stevens’ club, despite him being inserted in the starting lineup against Indiana. His individual game has been a bright spot for the Celtics who are 1-3 right now, but their three losses came against potential playoff teams: Raptors (loss by 10), Spurs (loss by eight) and Pacers (loss by two).
Through four games IT is eighth in the league in PPG with 23.5 and the only player from the East that’s scoring more than him is Bradley Beal with 25.2 PPG. Watching him on offense is such a treat because he has great skill on the perimeter, he finishes around the basket and he gets to the line and shoots a great percentage. He does this while averaging 30.3 minutes per game with a usage rate of 33.3%.
So why does he deserve an All-Star spot? He’s producing at a level that a majority of NBA players don’t produce at, what makes his performance much better is him being 5′-9″. It’s no secret that it’s incredibly tough be a good NBA player, it’s even tougher when you’re a lot shorter than all the other players in the league. Of all the NBA players to play a minute of action, IT has the shortest listed height (according to basketball-reference.com) and has better numbers than most of the other athletes. He’s also the best player on a potential playoff team while being the sixth man.