Isaiah Thomas named to the All-NBA Second Team
For the first time in his career, Isaiah Thomas has made an All-NBA team. After significantly elevating his game this season and finishing as the third top scorer in the league, the point guard was named to the Second Team earlier today:
Isaiah Thomas made second team all-NBA, the league just announced.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) May 18, 2017
While it may not be the first team, making the All-NBA Second Team is a huge honor, especially with the amazing individual performances by guards this season. The little guy nabbed a spot over Jimmy Butler and John Wall (who both made the third team), as well as Kyle Lowry, Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and other notable backcourt players who failed to make any of the three teams. That's a whole lot of star power that Isaiah finished in front of. Here is the final voting:
NBA announces All-NBA teams. Neither Paul George nor Gordon Hayward made it. Thus, no supermax for either this year. pic.twitter.com/GbHl82Ss9G— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) May 18, 2017
As you can see, Isaiah finished with a comfortable lead over the next closest guards. He may have been the last pick and overlooked for much of his career, but the voters were certainly aware of his incredible season. The next closest vote-getter in the backcourt was John Wall, who was still very far behind:
The backcourt voting really wasn't close.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) May 18, 2017
Isaiah had 71 second-place votes, John Wall had 19 and DeMar DeRozan had 4.
IT commented on the humbling news once it broke:
"It's a blessing," Isaiah Thomas says of being named to All-NBA Second Team. "It's not just something for me. It's something for this team."— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 18, 2017
Taylor Snow captured more of his reaction:
“It’s a blessing,” Thomas said Thursday afternoon, moments after hearing the news. “It’s a blessing from God and from the Celtics for giving me the opportunity to be myself.
“And my teammates,” he added. “It’s not just something for me; it’s for this team. They allow me to be who I am, and they like me for who I am, so that says a lot about this team, this organization.”
Isaiah joined some great company in the league and the Celtics franchise -- the last Celtic to make any All-NBA team was Rajon Rondo, and the last to make as high as a Second Team was Paul Pierce:
Isaiah Thomas is first Celtics player on All-NBA since Rondo (2012); first 2nd-teamer since Pierce (2009), per Celtics PR.— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) May 18, 2017
Congrats Isaiah! You have surely earned the honor.
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