Last month, Isaiah Thomas was selected for his first All-Star Game and also took home an Eastern Conference Player of the Week award. In late February, Thomas said that his next goal is to make an All-NBA team. To this point in March, he's clearly on the right track.
The Celtics point guard began the month with a blistering stretch (89 points over three games) of turnover-free basketball unmatched in the Association since Michael Jordan in 1991. Eventually Thomas did commit a turnover, but his prolific scoring has continued.
There are two NBA players who've totaled at least 20 points in every game in March. One is Kevin Durant, who's logged an astounding 56 consecutive 20-point contests. The other is Thomas:
Isaiah Thomas has scored 20+ pts in 10 straight games, longest streak by a @celtics player since Paul Pierce in 2006 pic.twitter.com/CmC1EqgLuL— NBA.com (@NBAcom) March 22, 2016
Thomas' March per-game numbers:
26.5 PTS, 4.8 AST, 3.7 REB, 47.8 FG%, 42.6 3PT%, 87.3 FT%, 33.1 MIN
The shortest man in the NBA has the league's sixth-highest scoring average this month. Thomas trails only James Harden (28.5), Durant (28.2), Damian Lillard (27.8), DeMar DeRozan (27.6) and Steph Curry (27.1). It's also worth mentioning the three names that come immediately after Isaiah--DeMarcus Cousins (26.1), LeBron James (25.1) and Anthony Davis (25.1).
For Thomas to earn All-NBA honors, he'll have to be among the top six backcourt players in the league (there's a 1st, 2nd and 3rd team with two each). Unfortunately for "the little guy" (as Tommy Heinsohn affectionately calls him), his position is stacked.
In addition to Curry, Harden, Lillard and DeRozan, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, John Wall, Kyle Lowry and Klay Thompson may all rank ahead of Thomas, with Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and Kemba Walker in the picture as well.
Isaiah is sixth overall in scoring among guards this season though, so an argument can be made in his favor. If he keeps up his red-hot play and carries the Celtics to home-court advantage in Round 1 of the postseason, who knows...
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Mark Van Deusen 3/23/2016 02:19:00 PM Tweet Edit