Boston Celtics Star Isaiah Thomas Finished In Top 5 For MVP
The Boston Celtics didn’t expect Isaiah Thomas to be this good. But he has been, and IT has made the rest of the NBA take notice.
On Monday when the NBA announced its MVP, Russell Westbrook, they also announced the candidates who received votes after him. The rankings behind Westbrook were, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, and LeBron James. But the fifth guy? Was Isaiah Thomas.
Thomas had four third-place votes, eight fourth-place votes, and 37 fifth-place votes, for 81 total points. IT had more points than Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, as well John Wall, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
IT averaged 28.9 points per game and shot 44.3% from the field and 36.7% from long-range. Thomas was extraordinary as a scorer and a facilitator for Boston’s offense. When the Celtics traded out of the No.1 spot and then drafted Jayson Tatum it was more of a sign of faith in Thomas for the long-term.
Thomas was a top 5 MVP candidate this past season, but there is reason to believe he can be more effective going forward. His 3 point % was lower than his career average, and even with Al Horford on the team the pressure to score was still too much on IT. The goal next season for Boston should be to improve the efficiency of Thomas by taking the scoring pressure off of him.
It will be interesting to see if Gordon Hayward is the answer for them, but the one thing is for certain, Boston needs another scorer to help Isaiah Thomas.