BOSTON – As expected, Isaiah Thomas will be headed to his second straight all-star game representing the Boston Celtics.
And once again he’ll go as an all-star reserve which was voted upon by the league’s coaches.
Last week, Thomas lost a tie-breaker with Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan for what would have been a starting spot on the East all-star team.
That doesn’t take away from what has been an impressive season for the 5-foot-9 guard.
Thomas is averaging a career-best 29.1 points per game which ranks second in the NBA to Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook (30.7 points) who like Thomas, was also named an all-star reserve on Thursday.
What has really separated Thomas from most players is what he has done in the fourth quarter of games.
He’s averaging a league-best 10.1 points in the fourth quarter which if he maintained that for the rest of the season, would be the highest average in the fourth since the league began tracking it in 1996.
“He’s playing amazing basketball,” Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com. “It’s been fun to watch him blossom as a player.”
Charlotte guard and former UConn standout Kemba Walker was named to his first all-star team on Thursday.
And like many players in the NBA, he has also been impressed with the play of Thomas this season.
“He’s been playing better than anyone in our league,” Walker said. “He’s playing with great confidence and making the plays for his team to win games. He’s been great.”