Last night, I went to my first Celtics game in at least two years. I hate saying it, but I am as bandwagon as it gets with the Celtics. I like basketball when they are competitive, but nothing was worse than watching Jeff Green as the leading scorer in Boston a few years back.
Going into the game, everyone thought it was going to be a grinding battle against two of the hottest teams in the NBA. However, the Celtics were able to blow out the Portland Trailblazers, led by Isaiah Thomas' 30 points. This got me thinking if Isaiah Thomas will be here for the future, or if he is just a stepping block towards the future.
There is no question that Thomas is one of the more gifted scorers in the NBA. While his size is always a factor, IT seems to be able to get his shot whenever he needs to, and has flourished as the #1 option in Boston.
However, can the Celtics build a championship team around Isaiah Thomas?
In short, kind of.
Like I said, Isaiah Thomas is a damn good player. He can drive to the basket and finish between the trees and pop out around the three-point line to ice a game. Unfortunately, even as an all-star, I do not think he is a player that you can build a championship around as a #1, or even #2, option .
On a championship contending team, Isaiah Thomas would be an extremely good #3 option, and an even better sixth man off the bench. To bring it closer to home, I see Isaiah Thomas as a poor man's Ray Allen. He can shoot the lights out of the building, but probably can't will a team to a championship.
With that being said, if you have Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas as your big three, you can threaten the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs for an NBA Championship. However, in the right deal to bring a superstar to Boston, you would have to think that IT is available.
P.S.: I finally understand why Kevin Garnett loved Gino Time so much...