Isiah Lord Thomas III is an American former basketball player who professionally played for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Isiah is a 2-time NBA Champion, 1990 NBA Finals MVP, 12-time NBA All-Star, 3-time All-NBA First Team, 2-time NBA All-Star Game MVP and 2-time All-NBA Second Team. Thomas played his high school basketball at St. Joseph High School in Westchester. He led the team to the state finals in his junior year and was considered as one of the top college prospects in the country.
Thomas played his college basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers. He was named Most Outstanding Player in his sophomore year and led his team to a win in the 1981 NCAA Tournament. Thomas was drafted as the 2nd overall pick in the 1981 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. He made the All-NBA Rookie Team.
In the 1988 NBA Playoffs, the Pistons made their first trip to the NBA Finals facing the Los Angeles Lakers. After taking a 3-2 series lead, Detroit looked poised to win their first NBA title in Game 6. One of Thomas's most self-defining and inspiring moments came in Game 6. Although he severely sprained his ankle late into the game, he continued to play despite hobbling. He went onto score 25 points in a single quarter which is NBA Finals record. Although the Lakers won the game and eventually the series, his performance in Game 6 is considered as one of the most historic performances of all-time.
In the 1988-89 season, Thomas led the Pistons to a 63-19 record. They played a brash and dominating brand of basketball throughout the playoffs which led to them being famously named as the “Bad Boys” Pistons. Thomas and the Pistons won their first championship after defeating the Celtics, Michael Jordan, and the Bulls, and sweeping the Lakers in the Finals. In the 1990 NBA Finals, Thomas averaged 27.6 points, 7.0 assists, and 5.2 rebounds per game as the Pistons defeated the Clyde Drexler's Portland Trail Blazers to win their first back-to-back championships. Thomas was named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player of the 1990 NBA Finals.
Thomas and the Pistons continued to play well from 1991-1993, but their road to the NBA Finals was blocked by the emerging Chicago Bulls. He decided to finish his career in the 1994 NBA Season. Thomas was an effective leader and is often considered as one of the best point guards to have ever played the game. Known for his great dribbling skills, prowess driving to the basket, and spectacular passing, Thomas was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.