It's been over two years since we saw Isaiah Thomas light up the world in the NBA All-Star game. In fact, it's been a while since we've seen that version of Thomas at all.
After being traded from Boston in 2017, the 5-9 point guard has yet to find his All-Star form. He went to Cleveland, Los Angeles, Denver, and now in Washington, where he is hoping to revive his stunted career.
Though, I.T. himself doesn't seem to be sweating it. In a chat with Candace Buckner of The Washington Post, he expressed confidence that he will return to his All-Star self.
“I’m going to be an All-Star again, for sure,” said Thomas. “I know that for a fact.”
At one point, Thomas amassed 28.9 points per game (third in the NBA) and ranked as the best fourth-quarter scorer in the league. While those days seem like an eternity ago now, it's not out of the realm of possibility for him to replicate that performance again. He has the work ethic to make it possible.
In fact, Boston coach Brad Stevens still remembers how Thomas ramped up his play after coming over from Sacramento:
“When we added Isaiah, it just really went to a different level for the years he was there,” said Stevens. “He was infectious. His work ethic was contagious. He was a competitor.”
Through six games this season, I.T. is averaging 13 points, and 6.2 assists -- his highest marks in two years.
He's got a lot of ground to make up, for sure, but Thomas is determined and working to prove his time is not yet over. The world is rooting for him.