Isaiah Thomas shares motivational text messages from Allen Iverson

Even though he is a diminutive by NBA standards, Isaiah Thomas is one of the best scorers in the league.

The 5-foot-9 Thomas is averaging 26.1 points on 43.2 percent shooting, and is ninth overall in scoring. Thomas' scoring is reminiscent of another short prolific scoring guard -- Allen Iverson.

Iverson was one of Thomas' favorite players growing up, and since he entered the NBA, the two have gotten to know each other. They became even closer friends during All-Star weekend in Toronto last February, and Iverson reached out to Thomas after a sensational performance against the Hawks in the playoffs last season.

Iverson continues to keep close tabs on Thomas. In fact, he reached out to the Celtics All-Star after he led Boston back from a double-digit deficit against the Timberwolves on Nov. 21. Thomas scored 29 points in Boston's 99-93 victory over Minnesota and when he checked his phone the next morning, a message from Iverson was waiting for him.

According to ESPN's Chris Forsberg , Iverson's exact message was, "Keep doing your thing. I'm watching."

Thomas provided more information about his texts with Iverson to Forsberg:

"It was real early in the morning that he texted, like 8:30, so he must have been watching highlights [of the Minnesota game] or something," Thomas said, unable to muffle a smile. "I told him, 'I appreciate it and that I'm just trying to be like you.' He was like, 'Say no more.' Those texts man, it just motivates me to keep going. Someone like that is watching me without me even reaching out to him, so I guess I'm doing something right."

You can understand why Thomas is so amped to be getting a text message from Iverson. The Answer was one of Thomas' childhood heroes and now he gets to communicate with him on a regular basis. On top of that, Iverson is a fan of Thomas' game, so it comes as no surprise that he's motivated by even the simplest of text messages from AI.

Thomas will use Iverson's inspiring words as the Celtics look to climb up the standings in the Eastern Conference this season.

CBS Sports Writer

Ananth Pandian has been writing about all NBA-related things including the social and lifestyle aspect of the sport for CBS Sports since 2015. His name is actually easy to pronounce, just remember it is... Full Bio

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