Isaiah Thomas has been playing unbelievable basketball so far this season and is the center piece to one of the most competitive teams in the Eastern Conference. Thursday night, however, it was revealed that IT4 will not start in the 2017 All Star Game. Instead, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers and DeMar DeRozan will make up the East’s starting back court.
Here’s both starting line ups in their entirety:
Fans, media and players were involved in the voting process this year, and there was plenty of speculation that Thomas would be selected as a starter in February’s exhibition. His 27.13 PER is currently second in the conference, and he’s fourth overall in points per game.
Moreover, when the 4th quarter comes around, Isaiah is truly at his best. He’s averaging 10.1 points in the final frame on 49.5 % from the field, 45.1 % from three and 89.9 % from the free throw line. For an even deeper dive into the six-year guard’s statistical prowess, Jared Weiss has you covered.
Regardless of the numbers, it appears Thomas’ high level of play simply wan’t enough to woo voters. As Adam Himmelsbach reported, he actually beat out DeRozan in media and player polling but lost in terms of fan voting, which served as the tie-breaker for the two. As you can see, Isaiah missed out on starting by the slimmest of margins.
Despite missing out on a starting role, Isaiah will almost assuredly play in the All Star game as a reserve. This will be his second career selection, and last season, he became the second player 5’9″ or shorter to earn that honor. It’s also worth noting that Russell Westbrook, who is orchestrating his own unbelievable season was also denied a starting spot in the game.
There may be more than one player sporting Celtics Green at All Star Weekend. Per CSN Post Ups, rookie Jaylen Brown was invited to participate in the Slam Dunk contest by the league but the young Cal product has yet to make up his mind.
The season that Isaiah is having has been nothing short of miraculous, and despite not earning a starting bid in the All Star game, is worthy of high praise. He’s playing at a nearly untouchable level, and continues to be the most improbable of stars. This video does a good job of putting his 2016-17 campaign in perspective.
Once the last pick in the NBA draft, Celtics’ superstar Isaiah Thomas is finally silencing the doubters. pic.twitter.com/B2SZLkY4JK
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 19, 2017
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