Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas
31-Year-Old GuardG
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Thomas joined the Wizards this offseason on a one-year deal and will play for his fourth team in three years. Thomas has put together two miserable seasons for three teams after an MVP-caliber season for the Celtics in 2016-17, and his motivation should be at an all-time high with Washington. With career averages of 18.6 points and 5.1 assists, Thomas presents possible upside at an affordable fantasy draft price. He boasts a respectable career field-goal percentage (43.7) and three-point percentage (36.0) despite a sharp drop off over the last three seasons. He's played a total of just 44 games over the last two campaigns while dealing with a hip injury, so his health concerns ultimately make him a risky fantasy prospect. Thomas is likely to open the season as the backup to Ish Smith, but Thomas may be able to carve out 20 minutes a night or more, even if he's coming off the bench. With John Wall likely out the entire season, Washington will need to get the most out of its guards not named Bradley Beal. When healthy, Thomas has proven to be a reliable scorer and facilitator and could be a late-round steal for those willing to take a gamble. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.32 million contract with the Wizards in July of 2019. Traded to the Clippers in February of 2020. Waived by the Clippers in February of 2020.
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Thomas made an immediate impact in his freshman campaign with Washington, starting 34 of 35 games and leading the Huskies to a 26-9 record. He paced the team with per-game averages of 15.5 points and 2.6 assists while also contributing 1.1 steals per contest. Thomas' excellence that season resulted in multiple honors, including the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Award and a spot on the All Pac-12 Second Team. He continued to post outstanding numbers as a sophomore, raising his scoring average to 16.9 points per contest and dishing out 3.2 assists per game. Thomas earned All Pac-12 First Team honors after the season and was named the Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player. He repeated both feats in his junior season, taking his game to the next level by posting career-high per-game averages of 6.1 assists and 1.3 steals while scoring 16.8 points per game. Thomas also registered his best shooting percentages as a senior, hitting 44.5% of his field goals and 34.9% of his three-point attempts. Behind Thomas' outstanding play, the Huskies qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons. The 5'8" guard continued to shine in the postseason, posting per-game averages of 15.9 points, 6.0 assists, 1.4 three-pointers and 1.6 steals in seven Tournament games.

Won't remain with Clippers
GFree Agent
February 6, 2020
Thomas, who was acquired in a three-team, four player trade Thursday, will not be retained by the Clippers, David Aldridge of The Athletic reports.
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This isn't all too surprising given the Clippers' depth. Prior to being traded -- and subsequently waived -- Thomas appeared in 40 games for the Wizards and posted averaged of 12.2 points, 3.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 23.1 minutes. He should draw some interest as a free agent.
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2018

Thomas averaged 8.1 points, 1.9 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 12 appearances with the Nuggets in 2018-19. Injured and inactive for much of last season, he played 181 minutes. Thomas made his Nuggets debut on Feb. 13 after missing nearly a year, recovering from a hip injury the guard suffered back in Boston. In February, the point guard averaged 9.8 points while shooting 36.3 percent from behind the arc in 15.8 minutes per game. He was at his best in late February/early March, scoring in double figures in four of five games between February 22 and March 2. Albeit a small sample size, Thomas found more success shooting the ball at home in 2018-19 than he did on the road -- 38.1 percent vs. 31.6 percent. In terms of three-point shooting, Thomas was more proficient in road contests (32.0 percent vs. 22.2 percent). His best game of the season occurred on Feb. 22 in a 10-point win over the Mavericks, with Thomas posting a season-high 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting, plus three rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes. It was one of his six double-digit scoring efforts of the campaign. He also drilled a season-high four three-pointers in that contest.

2017

Thomas joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a trade from the Boston Celtics. His health was in question for the most of the early season. Thomas finally made his season debut on Jan. 2. He played in 15 games and made 14 starts for the Cavaliers before being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. With the Cavaliers, he 14.7 points and 4.5 assists per game. After the move to the Lakers, he played in another 17 games. In his debut with his new team, he came off the bench and scored 22 points against the Dallas Mavericks. On March 1, he scored a season-high 29 points in a 131-113 victory over the Miami Heat. On March 29 Thomas was ruled out for the rest of the season due to injury. He missed the final 11 games of the regular season.

2016

Thomas' 2016-17 campaign with the Boston Celtics was truly one to remember. He scored a career-high 28.9 points per game, good for third-most in the league. The 5-foot-9 guard also averaged 5.9 assists per contest while shooting 46.3 percent during his 76 games. Thomas never scored fewer than 13 points in a game during the season and had five games with at least 40 points. The University of Washington product scored a career-high 52 points in a Dec. 30 victory over the Miami Heat. Thomas' most impressive stretch of the season came in the form of a four-game streak from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 in which the guard scored at least 37 points in each contest. During that run, he averaged 40.0 points and 6.8 assists on 52.2 percent shooting. Later, in March, he recorded another four-game streak during which he posted at least 30 points in each game. Thomas averaged 23.3 points and 6.7 assists in 15 postseason games while leading Boston to the Eastern Conference Finals. He scored 53 points in a May 2 win over the Washington Wizards. His terrific season resulted in a fifth-place finish for MVP voting, his second consecutive All-Star nod, and a spot on the All-NBA second team.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2011
    Drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2nd round (60th pick) of the 2011 NBA Draft.
  • December 15, 2011
    Signed a three-year contract with the Sacramento Kings
  • July 12, 2014
    Traded by the Sacramento Kings to the Phoenix Suns for Alex Oriakhi and a trade exception.
  • February 19, 2015
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Boston Celtics; the Celtics traded Tayshaun Prince to the Detroit Pistons; the Celtics traded Marcus Thornton and a 2016 1st round draft pick (Skal Labissiere was later selected) to the Suns; and the Pistons traded Gigi Datome and Jonas Jerebko to the Boston Celtics. (PHO 2016 1st round pick received from BOS is CLE's pick and is top-10 protected.)
  • August 30, 2017
    Traded by the Boston Celtics with Jae Crowder, Ante Žižic, a 2018 1st round draft pick (Collin Sexton was later selected) and a 2020 2nd round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving. (2020 2nd-rd pick from BOS to CLE is MIA's pick, and was added as compensation for Isaiah Thomas's injury)
  • February 8, 2018
    Traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers with Channing Frye and a 2018 1st round draft pick (Moritz Wagner was later selected) to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr..
  • July 16, 2018
    Signed as a free agent a one year agreement with the Denver Nuggets.
  • July 9, 2019
    Signed as a free agent with the Washington Wizards.
  • February 6, 2020
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Washington Wizards to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Jerome Robinson
  • February 8, 2020
    Waived by the Clippers.
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In a situation that has reached “saga” status, Thomas signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Nuggets nearly two weeks after the beginning of free agency. To recap, Thomas was a significant part of the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston, but was dealing with a hip injury that ended up affecting his play more than anticipated. In Cleveland, he appeared in 15 games before being dealt to the Lakers, where he played 17 games, in a massive deadline frenzy by Cavaliers’ General Manager Koby Altman. Overall, Thomas averaged 15.2 points on 37.3 percent shooting from the field and 29.3 percent from three, 4.8 assists and 2.1 rebounds across 26.9 minutes. In what is a prove-it deal, Thomas looks locked in to be Denver’s backup point guard behind Jamal Murray, and should have a chance to see around 20 minutes per game. With the possibility of re-injury and/or poor efficiency, selecting Thomas at any point in standard Fantasy draft is a risk.
Thomas is coming off of a career year, one in which he was part of the MVP debate for much of the season. In his second year with the Celtics, Thomas averaged new career-highs of 28.9 points and 3.2 made threes per game. His accuracy also increased, shooting a career best 46 percent from the field and an incredible 91 percent from the charity stripe. Throw in 5.9 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game, and Thomas finished as the 11th best Fantasy player in nine category leagues. Will that change now that he's joined LeBron James and Kevin Love in Cleveland following a late August trade for Kyrie Irving? Maybe a little bit. Playing next to James is going to be an adjustment period, as he demands the ball much more than Thomas' previous teammates in Boston. That's surely going to mean a drop in usage for Thomas, which in turn likely means his scoring and assist numbers are going to take a hit. However, James did average 8.7 assists a season ago and is a willing passer, which should give Thomas some open looks on the dribble drive. The presence of James could actually reduce the wear and tear on the mighty point guard. Thomas wore down near the end of last season, as the burden of being Boston’s primary scoring option visibly took its toll on the 28 year-old veteran. A recurring hip injury forced Thomas to miss Boston’s last three playoff games. This offseason, Thomas decided rest and rehabilitation was a better cure for his balky hip than surgery. Expect Thomas to see minimal minutes during the pre-season. That, unfortunately, will probably hinder initial chemistry development with James and Love. Expect the revised Cleveland starting lineup to take some time to gel. As for Thomas, it's unrealistic to expect another career high in scoring, especially playing alongside a ball-dominant James. But also remember this is a contract year for the All-Star and he'll be fighting to help Cleveland return to the Eastern Conference Finals for a potential rematch with his former squad, so Thomas should have all the incentive necessary to have another big year.
In his first full season with the Celtics, Thomas set career highs in scoring and rebounding en route to his first All-Star selection. The diminutive point guard posted averages of 22.2 points, 6.2 assists (nearly a career high), 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game across 82 contests, while shooting 42.8 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from three-point range. After the All-Star break, Thomas ramped up his scoring to 23.6 points per game, knocking down 38.2 percent of his treys as the Celtics locked up the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. While he struggled in Boston's opening round series loss to Atlanta, shooting below 40 percent from the field, Thomas' season solidified his status as the team's No. 1 scoring option. That should again be the case in 2016-17, though he'll have to adapt to playing alongside four-time All-Star Al Horford, who will command a much larger share of the offense than any of last season's frontcourt players. On paper, the addition of Horford should only help Thomas, providing him with a floor-spacing center who's among the league's most lethal pick-and-roll threats, but there could be an adjustment period as the duo builds chemistry.
Last year, after up and down stints in Sacramento and Phoenix, Thomas finally found a home in Boston. The February trade deadline move that brought Thomas to the Celtics was a godsend for a Boston team desperate for Thomas' instant offense. Formerly criticized for taking too many shots, Thomas was encouraged to lead the offense the moment he donned the green and white. He started the season averaging only 11.1 shot attempts per game for Phoenix, but while playing for the C's, Thomas averaged 26 minutes, 13.5 shot attempts, 19.0 points, 5.4 assists, and 2.3 three-pointers per game while shooting 86 percent from the charity stripe. The only blemish was his 41-percent shooting from the field. For 2015-16, expect similar numbers from Thomas as reprises his role as leading scorer and offensive sparkplug off the bench. Yes, Thomas will reluctantly still come off the bench for Boston. But he'll still be encouraged to shoot. Newly-drafted guards Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter should not eat into Thomas' minutes. And expect fellow backcourt mates Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart to focus on defense. Also, Boston's addition of David Lee might result in a modest uptick in assists for Thomas, as he'll now have a skilled veteran scorer to pick-and-roll with. The future looks bright for Thomas as he enters his fifth NBA season.
Thomas is entering his fourth year in the NBA and his first with the Suns. Last season as a member of the Kings, he averaged 20.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 1.3 steals in 35 minutes per game, while shooting a solid 45 percent from the field on 15.2 attempts. Thomas converted 35 percent of his three-point attempts and an excellent 85 percent of his free throws. He joined the Suns this offseason after spending his first three NBA seasons with the Kings. Thomas will likely come off the bench to begin his career in Phoenix, which should equate to a decline in minutes, as well as production. However, with the future of Eric Bledsoe still unsettled, Thomas could see a spike in his value at any moment this season. Even if Bledsoe sticks around all season, the Suns didn't give Thomas a contract in excess of $25 million dollars to warm the bench. Whether he starts or not, he'll have a major role on the team. As the sixth man, Thomas should add solid scoring, assists, and steals with the potential to contribute much more as his role with the fast-paced Suns fluctuates in accordance with Bledsoe's situation.
In 2012-13 Thomas saw an uptick in his production compared to his rookie year, but the arrival of Greivis Vasquez might hurt his value. Thomas may have been the biggest sufferer from former coach Smart's ever-changing lineups – the promising youngster's role changed often, despite often appearing to be the Kings' most talented point guard. Though the starting lineup is still undetermined, Thomas currently appears likely to come off the bench behind Vasquez. Even as a backup, however, Thomas will be used heavily, and is capable of providing scoring, assists, 3-pointers, and good guard percentages. Thomas has been a pleasant surprise as a second-round pick in 2011.
Thomas may have been “Mr. Irrelevant” as the last pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, but he was hardly irrelevant on the court in his rookie season. Tyreke Evans was moved over to shooting guard and fellow rookie Jimmer Fredette struggled to adjust to the NBA level, prompting the Kings to give Thomas more playing time. Thomas was ultimately installed by coach Keith Smart as the starting point guard, seeing major minutes in March and April. The boost in playing time gave Thomas the run he needed to show his potential. In 37 games as a starter, he averaged 14.8 points, 5.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.4 turnovers, and 1.6 threes. While his steals leave something to be desired, Thomas’ production in other point-guard centric categories easily makeup for his deficiencies in steals. Thomas might ultimately be best suited as a Jamal Crawford-like sparkplug off the bench, predicated on his ability to shoot from deep (1.3 threes per game) while providing matchup problems for slower, bigger guards. Despite finishing the season on a high note, Thomas’ starting job could be in jeopardy going into the season. The Kings signed free agent Aaron Brooks, who has previous starting experience with the Rockets. Evans also lurks if the Kings elect to move him back into the starting point guard role to give their wing players more minutes.
Named after the All-Star point guard, the under-sized guard will provide some explosiveness off the bench. But barring injury, he won’t see much court time this season.
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Headed to Clippers
GLos Angeles Clippers
Not Injury Related
February 6, 2020
Thomas was traded from the Wizards to the Clippers on Thursday as part of a three-team, four player deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Scores well, but does little else
GWashington Wizards
January 29, 2020
Thomas supplied 16 points (5-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds and two assists across 19 minutes Tuesday in the Wizards' 151-131 loss to the Bucks.
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Scores 13 in 22 minutes
GWashington Wizards
January 23, 2020
Thomas tallied 13 points (5-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt), four assists, three rebounds and one block in 22 minutes during Thursday's 124-112 win over the Cavaliers.
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Delivers dud in Wednesday's loss
GWashington Wizards
January 8, 2020
Thomas managed seven points (2-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-3 FT), two assists and one rebound in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 123-89 loss to the Magic.
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Scores 17 against former team
GWashington Wizards
January 6, 2020
Thomas had 17 points (6-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), one board and three assists in 23 minutes of a 99-94 win against the Celtics on Monday.
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