Before Isaiah Thomas was tearing it up as the star of the newly defined Boston Celtics, he was a little 5’8″ point guard just quietly becoming something special in the Pacific Northwest. Our own Cyril Mpacko wrote a piece on the legacy that is Isaiah Thomas.
Check out this #ThrowbackThursday video of Thomas throwing down over his teammate in a dunk contest at the University of Washington.
I had always known about Thomas when he was in college. I am just as big of a college basketball fan as I am an NBA fan, so Thomas had been on my radar for a few years. I didn’t know if he would be able to transition well to the NBA with his lack of size. But he took advantage of one thing that he can do better than most people in the league. He used his speed. Thomas has solidified himself as one of the fastest point guards in today’s NBA. He has been doing it since his college days and it’s no surprise the Kings saw big things in him.
Here’s his college mixtape:
As you can see, Thomas has been a cold-blooded player long before his NBA days. Thomas has carried the Celtics into the heart of the Eastern Conference playoff race. He is averaging 22 points and 6.6 assists per game.