Player Outlook

The pattern has to be getting pretty old for Isaiah Thomas. For the fourth season in a row, the diminutive shot-maker was relegated to a reserve role to open the season, and for the fourth season in a row, he eventually emerged as a dynamic playmaker and his team's best guard. Of course, this time it required a trade before that happened, as he was buried behind not just one but two All-Star caliber guards in Phoenix. He had no such issues in Boston, where he sparked an unlikely playing run and averaged 19.0 points and 5.4 assists in just 26 minutes per game off the bench for the Celtics. IF he could get a starting job -- or just a bigger share of minutes as a sixth man -- Thomas has proven he can be an elite Fantasy option even at the deep guard position, but he is likely looking at a similar role in his first full season in Boston. The Celtics have a lot of options in the backcourt, though none who have either his shot-making or playmaking ability, so you don't have to worry too much about his playing time. Expect more of the same from Thomas, who is an excellent third guard or passable second option for Fantasy owners, worth a look in the fifth round on Draft Day.

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  • Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas chipped in 15 points (6-15 FG, 1-4 3PT, 2-3 FT), three assists, four rebounds, and a steal over 25 minutes of court time against Real Madrid.Thomas stepped up his shot volume over the exhibition opener, although he once again sunk only 25 percent of his three-point attempts on 1-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc. The 26-year-old's four rebounds were also somewhat of an outlier, considering his 2.4 per-game career average in that category. Although Marcus Smart is still expected to man the starting point guard role, Thomas could conceivably make a strong push for the job in the preseason. At a minimum, Thomas will be a high-usage option off the bench for Brad Stevens, making him a worthwhile middle-to-late round target in many drafts.

  • Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas said that while he'd prefer to start with the Celtics this season, he's open to the idea of coming off the bench, Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald reports. Thomas played off the bench in each of his 21 games with the Celtics after coming over in a deadline deal with Phoenix, providing 19 points per contest on 41.2 percent shooting. The 5-foot-10 waterbug is the Celtics' best pure scorer from the backcourt, but his limitations defensively likely make Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley coach Brad Stevens' preferred starters at guard. Regardless of how Thomas is deployed, the Celtics' stated desire to generate more offense this season should work in his favor, which would almost certainly result in an uptick in the 26 minutes per game he averaged with the team last season.

  • Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas is three weeks into his recovery from hand and wrist surgery, reports Thomas is expected to need 6-8 weeks to recover and coach Brad Stevens said Thomas will have no long-term effects from the surgery.

  • Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that the team is in no hurry to move Isaiah Thomas into the starting lineup. "I think Isaiah is more suited for a bench role. ... Isaiah expends a ton of energy to score," Ainge said, per Thomas averaged 19 points per game with the Celtics but came off the bench in all 21 games.

  • Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 22 points in Sunday's 113-100 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA playoffs. Thomas scored his 22 on 6 of 14 from the field, which included making 2 of 5 from three. He made all eight of his free-throw attempts. Thomas also recorded 10 assists and brought down five rebounds. Thomas played 32 minutes in a role off the bench. He also had one steal and committed five turnovers.

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2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 67 335 42.1 129 37.3 302 86.8 1101 16.43 25.9
2013 72 496 45.3 127 34.9 346 85.0 1465 20.35 34.3
2012 79 366 44.0 115 35.8 253 88.2 1100 13.92 23
2011 65 256 44.8 83 37.9 154 83.2 749 11.52 21.6
3 Year Avg 73 399 43.9 124 36.0 300 86.5 1222 16.74 27.5
Career 283 1453 44.1 454 36.3 1055 86.0 4415 15.60