Current Houston Rockets point guard Jason Terry recently wrote a piece for the Players' Tribune on why Isaiah Thomas deserves to be an All-Star. He won't receive any complaints from Celtics fans on this topic.
Thomas has led the way this season for the C's, averaging 21.8 ppg (1st among East point guards) and 6.6 assists (3rd). Terry mentions the company those stats put him in via the Players' Tribune:
You know who else in the NBA is averaging 21-plus points and 6-plus assists per game this year? It’s a short list:
Names you know.
The only difference is, those guys are reigning All-Stars. Isaiah is vying for his first bid.
And he’s got my vote.
Terry has apparently known Thomas since the Celtics point guard was in 6th grade, playing on his father's AAU team with his little brother. He was always impressed with 5'9" guard's work ethic. He shares this story with the Players' Tribune:
He used to come shoot baskets in my backyard, and I remember he always had a great work ethic. He always had something to prove.
I remember one night when I came home late after playing ball — it was like 9 p.m., so it was dark out — and I walked into the house and heard something banging against the side of the house outside. I was thinking, Is someone trying to break in?
It was little Isaiah. He was shooting around by himself in the dark, throwing passes to himself off the side of the house.
I used to be that guy in the neighborhood, out late, playing until the street lights came on. But he took it to another level, and that will always stick with me. That’s the work ethic he’s always had, and still has today. That’s why he’s been able to do what he’s done.
Terry also mentions how if it were a players' vote, there would be no question Thomas would be an All-Star. Clearly the system is flawed if the the best players don't make the All-Star Game. There's no reason Jeremy Lin should be ranked higher than Thomas. Here is the current voting list for Eastern Conference guards as of the NBA's third official release on Jan. 14th.
1 Dwyane Wade (Mia) 736,732
2 Kyrie Irving (Cle) 399,757
3 Kyle Lowry (Tor) 367,472
4 Jimmy Butler (Chi) 356,561
5 John Wall (Was) 281,936
6 DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 262,683
7 Derrick Rose (Chi) 217,986
8 Jeremy Lin (Cha) 155,475
9 Isaiah Thomas (Bos) 111,838
10 Reggie Jackson (Det) 57,736
At this point it seems unlikely Thomas more than triples his votes and makes it, but Terry's piece can't hurt!
IT should have no problem paying him back either.
Isaiah Thomas texted Jason Terry thanks for saying he should make All-Star Game. Thomas said all Terry wants is tix for him and his wife.— Bill Doyle (@BillDoyle15) January 16, 2016
Even though he's now in Houston, it's great to see the Jet giving the Celtics some love. And even though he's clearly in the twilight of his career at this point, I will always respect his game, and his obvious passion. He will always have a place in his heart (or arm at least) for his time in Boston, as well.
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