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IT Week: 7 stats that define Isaiah Thomas' career to this point

IT Week: 7 stats that define Isaiah Thomas' career to this point

This week we are rolling out content focused on Isaiah Thomas as he looks to reinstall his career in Washington. Today, we examine seven stats that tell the story of Thomas' career so far...

**Thomas is one of the best little guys in NBA history. Of players listed at 5-foot-9 or shorter, only Calvin Murphy scored more points. Murphy played from 1971 to 1983, all with the Rockets, and is now in the Hall of Fame. Only four players under 6-feet tall have scored more points than Thomas. In addition to Murphy, Damon Stoudamire, Terrell Brandon and Michael Adams are the others. Thomas and Murphy hold the dual distinction of being the shortest players ever to make the All-Star team.

**The irony of Thomas signing with the Wizards is not lost on many, as he lit them up in the second round of the 2017 playoffs. But Thomas' history with the Wizards goes back further than that. Back on March 18, 2014, Thomas put up 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a game against Washington and became the shortest player ever to record a triple-double.

**His best season was 2016-17 with the Celtics, when he made All-NBA and helped lead Boston to the Eastern Conference Finals. That year, he averaged 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from three. Thomas is one of only nine players since 1992 to average as many points and assists in a season. The others are Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Dwyane Wade, Allen Iverson and Gilbert Arenas.

**Since Thomas entered the league in 2011, he has scored 9,020 points and dished 2,453 assists. Only 11 other players have had as many points and assists during that time. The others are James, Harden, Westbrook, Curry, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Kyle Lowry and John Wall. 

**Thomas was the 60th and final pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, yet he has outperformed nearly everyone from his class. His scoring average (18.6 ppg) ranks fourth, behind only Irving, Walker and Klay Thompson. He's ahead of Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris. Thomas is also sixth in win shares and VORP (value over replacement player). 

He is one of the three-best players ever to get taken 60th overall in the draft, a spot that has a surprisingly impressive history. Thomas is second in win shares only to Michael Cooper, the five-time NBA champion and former member of the 1980s Lakers dynasty team. He is one of the best defensive wing players of all-time. Third in win shares is Hall of Famer Drazen Petrovic. Thomas is the only one of the three to make an All-Star team and only he and Petrovic were All-NBA.

**After injuring his right hip in the 2017 playoffs, Thomas has struggled to stay on the court in the two seasons since. He played only 32 games in 2017-18 and then only 12 last season. That is 44 total games across two years when he had previously never played fewer than 65 in a season. 

**There are two areas of the game to watch this season as he aims to reclaim his glory of yesteryear with the Wizards. One is points in the paint. At his peak in 2016-17, Thomas was averaging 9.6 PITP. He was getting to the rim consistently and making teams pay for allowing him to get there. But in the two years since, Thomas has averaged only 3.9 PITP.

The other area to monitor is three-point shooting. From 2011-12 to through the 2016-17 season, Thomas shot 36.7 percent from three-point range on 5.4 attempts. Those numbers spiked to 37.9 percent on 8.5 attempts in 2016-17, his All-NBA season. But in the past two years, Thomas has shot just 29 percent from three on 5.3 attempts per game.

Thomas has seen a significant drop-off particulary with corner threes. He shot 40.7 percent from the corner from 2011-12 through 2016-17, including 47 percent in 2015-16 and 42.9 percent in 2016-17. That number dropped to 26.7 percent the past two years.

NBA.com and Basketball Reference were used for this research

 

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Wes Unseld's former Bullets teammates say his off-court work was more impressive than his NBA career

Wes Unseld's former Bullets teammates say his off-court work was more impressive than his NBA career

The unfortunate news of NBA legend Wes Unseld's passing on Tuesday brought two of his former teammates onto the Wizards Talk podcast with Chris Miller to tell stories and share memories of the most accomplished player in Wizards/Bullets franchise history.

Phil Chenier and Bobby Dandridge were both members of the 1978 Bullets team that won the NBA championship. Chenier played with Unseld for nine seasons, while Dandridge knew him both as a teammate and rival. They each spoke glowingly about the larger-than-life character that Unseld was and shared tales of him battling other greats of his time like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

But the part of Unseld's life they kept coming back to was his decades-long work running a private school in southwest Baltimore, MD. Unseld and his wife, Connie, started a private school called the Unselds School that still operates today.

"His contribution to the Baltimore community, the education and development of kids were greater than any rebound or shot that he ever made," Dandridge said. "They have developed many young kids in the inner city parts of Baltimore."

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“A guy willing to do anything for the people around him that he loved, respected, been around, played with," Chenier added. "[Connie] is so proud of that school and she said Wes is equally as proud. Wes evidentally was like the jack of all trades over there. He was the janitor, the security person, the maintenance man; he did it all. And he did it proudly and humbly, and I think it speaks to the character."

The Unselds School has been operating since the late 1970s and continues to give resources to kids in an area that lacks them. His work in that area has clearly impressed his peers just as much as his Hall of Fame basketball career did.

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Report: Oct. 12 last date of NBA Finals under proposal up for vote Thursday

Report: Oct. 12 last date of NBA Finals under proposal up for vote Thursday

The NBA's Board of Governors is expected to vote Thursday on Commissioner Adam Silver's proposal for resuming the 2019-20 season, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday. Ahead of the vote, Wojnarowski reported some pertinent details regarding the proposal, including a definitive end date for the NBA Finals. 

In the timeline shared with teams, Oct. 12 is the last possible date for an NBA Finals Game 7, Wojnarowski reported. The NBA draft and opening of free agency reportedly would follow.

Other details of Silver's recommendation to resume the season include a previously reported plan of games involving the 16 teams currently holding playoff position, and six more teams within six games of the eighth seed in each conference.

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Those teams include the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference and the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference.

While Thursday's vote requires three-fourths passage of the 30 teams on a plan, team owners reportedly expect the board of governors to overwhelmingly support whatever plan is proposed.

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