Post-game Reactions

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas had himself a quite a memorable season this year, and Thursday his hard work was rewarded. Thomas was named to the league’s All-NBA Second Team, the first time the Washington-product has ever earned such a distinction.

He shares All-NBA Second Team honors with former MVPs Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, as well as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Rudy Gobert. Here’s the entire voting breakdown:

IT’s 28.9 points per game during the regular season was a career-best, and the third highest in the entire NBA. Impressively, Thomas scored 9.8 points per contest in the fourth quarter alone, fueling his Celtics to the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

“It’s a tremendous accomplishment,” Boston head coach Brad Stevens said Thursday “And it’s well-deserved.”

With his free agency looming in the summer of 2018, this distinction may further warrant a Brinks truck. Still, Isaiah won’t be elidgble for the league’s “super max” contract, because he didn’t come to the Celtics on his rookie deal.

For Utah’s Gordon Hayward and Indiana’s Paul George – two players who would be eligible for the super max but failed to make a 2016-17 All-NBA team – free agency just became a little more complicated. Their current clubs won’t have as much of a financial inside track to retain their stars. Basketball fans in Boston have already salivated over a number of rumors concerning both of these players, and this update only muddies the water.

In the mean time, congrats to Isaiah Thomas. It’s a hard-fought and well-deserved distinction for the Little Guy.

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