Thomas the Tank Engine

Yes he is 5’9″. Yes he was on three different teams in four years. That doesn’t matter anymore. The thing that does matter is the fact that he is averaging  29.1 points per game, (ppg), 6.2 assists per game (apg), all the while leading his team to within three games of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the number 1 spot in the Eastern Conference.

Isaiah Thomas has the Boston Celtics on the rise. He has become the face of their franchise, a model one at that, ever since being acquired from the Phoenix Suns. Placed on the bench early in his career by both the Suns and the Sacramento Kings, Thomas came to Boston playing like he had something to prove. It is fair to assume that Thomas has had a chip the size of Mount Everest resting on his shoulder since he first started playing basketball and playing with that intensity and passion has turned him into a fan favorite.

Thomas has scored 20 or more points in every game this season except for one all the way back on November 18th. He is shooting better than the top two MVP candidates in James Harden and Russell Westbrook. He is averaging 3 less turnovers per game than both Harden and Westbrook even though he is averaging similar minutes to the two of them.

Should he be considered for MVP? You’d be dumb to say no. I have been saying since day 1 that if Westbrook averages a triple double he will get the award. Does that really matter? Yes Westbrook means so much to his team because he has the ball in his hands pretty much the whole game. He does hurt his team with bad shot selection and turnovers. Harden and Thomas also have times of weakness like that but I feel as if shooting 41% from the field shouldn’t get Westbrook the MVP.

Thomas has changed the course of the Celtics and he deserves a lot of credit for it. Boston was at the point of completely tanking but when they got IT, something changed. I still think it may be impossible for anyone to beat the Warriors this year and if someone does it’s going to be LeBron and the Cavs. Even so, Thomas is going to take the C’sto the playoffs. He has made such an impact that he needs to get a lot more love, such as getting a starting all-star nod, or an award for being the most valuable in the league.


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