All Isaiah Thomas wanted was a chance. Now he has gotten it by signing with the Wizards.
Isaiah Thomas has signed a one year deal at the veterans minimum with the Washington Wizards per Adrian Wojnarowski. Two years ago, Thomas brought nothing but pain and depression to DC. Now, he brings hope.
Wizards fans still remember clear as day what he did in game 2 of the second round of the 2017 playoffs as it brings us nightmares to this day. The Wizards were looking to even up the series and avoid going down 2-0. Isaiah Thomas had other plans. He killed the Wizards, scoring 53 points and leading the Celtics to an overtime victory. The Celtics ended up winning the series in seven.
However, Isaiah Thomas now gives Wizards fans something to look forward to rather than nightmares.
Thomas has been on a roller coaster since making the NBA. He was the last pick in the 2011 NBA Draft to the Kings. Thomas quickly took the league by storm and proved everyone who said that he was too short wrong. He averaged 11.5 points in his rookie season. By his third year in the NBA, Thomas was averaging over 20 points a game.
After three seasons in Sacramento and a brief stint in Phoenix, Thomas found himself in Boston where he took his game to another level. In the 2015-2016 season, Thomas made his first All-Star game. In the 2016-2017 season, Thomas averaged 28.9 points per game and became an MVP candidate.
Things started going down hill for Thomas in the 2017 playoffs as it was revealed that Thomas was playing through hip injury. This injury hit him hard as he has barely been able to see the floor since.
Thomas found himself in Cleveland, then LA, then Denver. None of those opportunities worked out for him. Thomas just has not been the same player as he was three seasons ago. Thomas has spent much of his time trying to fix his hip, playing in just 44 games over the last two seasons. When he was able to play, he was never really able to crack the rotation and remained on the bench anyways.
All Isaiah Thomas wanted was a chance to see the floor again.
Now, Isaiah Thomas is healthy and he has his chance to prove that he can be the same MVP caliber player that he was just a few seasons ago.
With John Wall being out for most or all of next season with his achilles tear and Tomas Satoransky headed to the Bulls, the Wizards are desperate for a point guard. They hope Isaiah Thomas can be their answer.
Thomas is currently the favorite to start at point guard until John Wall returns. However, he will have to compete with newly signed point guard Ish Smith and undrafted free agent Justin Robinson.
While Thomas is a great offensive player, he has been heavily criticized for his defense. Thomas, being just 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds can get bulldozed by many players in the league.
It remains to be seen if Thomas is 100% healthy. He spent most of last season on the sidelines after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to his hip. Thomas will likely never be the same player he used to be due to his hip injuries. However, he has proved his doubters wrong many times before.