Isiah Thomas, one of the most controversial Point Guards for the last few years, was traded by the Boston Celtics along with Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic for Kyrie Irving to the Cleveland Cavaliers, which was one of the biggest trades for both the teams this season. Isiah Thomas was diagnosed with a Hip Injury way before the trade and still, the Cavaliers included him on their roster. Due to the injury, Isiah didn't play even a single play for Cleveland this season so far. Now, the team has pretty much confirmed his return to the game.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have targetted to bring Isiah back by mid-December prior to their Christmas day clash with The Golden State Warriors.
According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst Isiah has begun to increase 3-on-3 work in practice toward that end.
The Cleveland Cavaliers initially expected to bring back Isiah on Jan.1 2018 but now they are confident of bringing him back earlier than that. Isiah Thomas after knowing his condition and the date of his returning back on the floor tweeted that he is locked-in to make a comeback. seems like he is ready for all the upcoming challenges and opportunities.
Isiah Thomas's performance so far before this season
Isiah Thomas, a 5'9" Point Guard was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 NBA Draft and was the last pick, i.e he was the 60th pick. He played for Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics and now is on the Cleveland Cavaliers' roster. Isaiah's career average is 19.1 points per game, 2.6 rebounds per game, and 5.2 assists per game. He had a really tough career start, because of his size and skills. He wasn't considered a good player, even many analysts believed that his career as an NBA player could end soon, but he is not a person with a weak mind and he worked hard and now arguably one of the best Point Guards right now. His ability to separate himself from tall players, ball handling skills, and quick shooting ability have made him a great offensive threat to the opposing team. He, on the other hand, lacks some defensive skills due to his height and physical strength but still, he is surely a threat to other teams.
Author's view on Isiah being a Cavalier
Isiah Thomas was on the potential MVP candidate list last season with averages of a career-high 28.9 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, and 5.9 assists per game. Isiah was outstanding for the last couple of seasons and has taken his game skills to a new level. He also led his team to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, and also had a heartbreaking loss of his sister in a car accident, we all love Isiah as a person and as a player as well, we also know how much he has been through that and we along with all NBA players are with him.
Well, coming back to the game, the hip injury has surely bothered him and could create an issue on his way to a great performing season. We still have a lot of games left in this season and watching Isiah playing with other elite players of the Cleveland Cavaliers like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade would be like witnessing history and watching something we have never seen.
Published 30 Nov 2017, 16:06 IST