Isaiah Thomas’ career has taken yet another major turn right now, as the point guard has fallen out of the Denver Nuggets’ rotation and is facing yet another stint in street clothes after his failed tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Just when it looked like he was bound to take his career back from the ground given what we saw from him with the Lakers, he hasn’t been able to establish himself as a scorer since coming back from an injury.
And truth to be told, it doesn’t look like things are going to change this late in the season, so, barring injury, he’s likely to have played his last game at Denver. Some think he still has some left in the tank, but, does he? If so, where could he prove it? Let’s take a look at the top 5 destinations for him.
5. Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons need a scoring punch from the bench and he could be a deadly scorer in the right situation. Hell, Reggie Jackson has been so… normal, that he could even outplay him and take his starting spot.
Moreover, if someone could find the way to hide him on defense like Brad Stevens once did, that’s Dwane Casey. He should at least give it a go and could be the team’s second scoring option behind Blake Griffin.
4. Golden State Warriors
Pretty much every single player in the league would thrive with the Golden State Warriors. Steve Kerr’s offensive system is just a beauty to watch and he’d be an instant fit with his ability to knock down shots.
Thomas could come off the bench for the Warriors and lead the way while Iguodala helps him on defense. Pairing him with Curry would be crazy, but he could play alongside Klay Thompson while Steph gets a breather.
3. Indiana Pacers
Both of the Indiana Pacers are set to be unrestricted free agents next season and with them so high on Aaron Holiday for the future, they’re unlikely to make a huge bid for either of them in the summer.
Having said that, he could be the team’s starting point guard while they ease Holiday into a bigger role, and Oladipo could help him on defense while leading one of the most explosive backcourts in the league.
2. Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers already have one of the most prolific scoring benches in the league, and Doc Rivers really knows how to make the most of his depth and long rotation, so he’d be a major addition.
He and Lou Williams together would mean buckets for ages. The two of us could score 22 a piece on a nightly basis for the Clippers, or he could even play alongside top-tier defenders like Patrick Beverley or Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
1. Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards are going to be without John Wall for quite some time, so Isaiah Thomas would be in for a huge load next to Bradley Beal while the team waits for their All-Star point guard to recover.
Even when Wall comes back, he could lead the team’s second unit and be a perennial 6th Man of the Year candidate, but he better understands is time to embrace a lesser role if he wants to still be in this league.