Watching Isaiah Thomas play basketball in 2016-17 bordered on a euphoric experience.
The diminutive floor general with the over-sized headband lighting up the mutants who moonlight as NBA players on a nightly basis became must-watch television whenever the Boston Celtics hit the floor last season. And not just for fans of the historic club, but for basketball aficionados everywhere.
Simply put: Thomas had one of the most efficient high-volume scoring seasons in league history last year.
Among players to see the floor for at least 30 minutes nightly while attempting a minimum of 19 field-goal attempts per contest throughout a season in NBA history, the former Celtic’s 2016-17 campaign ranked 19th in offensive box plus/minus, merely trailing names such as Michael Jordan, Stephen Curry, James Harden and LeBron James.
For the year, he averaged 28.9 points, 3.2 triples, 5.9 assists and 8.5 free-throw attempts while slashing effective 46.3/37.9/90.9 shooting splits.