You have to believe there aren’t too many items left on Isaiah Thomas’ bucket list at this point.
If tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers goes as expected, Thomas will join some elusive company among Celtics’ all-time greats.
The 5-foot-9 Thomas has led the Celtics in scoring in each of the last 12 games. If he does so again tonight, he will join Larry Bird as the franchise’s leader in consecutive games leading the team in scoring.
It has been that kind of year for Thomas, who has set career highs and achieves numerous milestones this season.
And while this is certainly another one of significance to add to the growing list, by no means is he satisfied with any of the the accomplishments that have come his way during this breakout season.
When asked about what motivates him these days, Thomas referred to an all-too-common theme that has been a driving force to his success for most of his basketball playing career.
“People doubt, people saying what I can’t be and people not giving me my props for what I’m able to do,” he told reporters.
This month, Thomas has averaged 26.3 points. For the season, his career-high 22.2 points per game average is the highest for a Celtic since Paul Pierce (now with the Clippers) averaged 25.0 points during the 1996-1997 season.
In addition, Thomas is one of just six players in the NBA averaging at least 22 points and six assists, with the others being Houston’s James Harden, Portland’s Damian Lillard, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, Cleveland’s LeBron James and Golden State’s Stephen Curry.
Thomas says he even uses his all-star status as a motivation going forward.
“Yeah, no doubt,” he said. “People say I’m going to be a one-time all-star now. You just find little things here and there to use as motivation.”
And make that bucket list just a little bit lighter in the process.