Three years ago, Isaiah Thomas slipped to the end of the second round, as teams shied away from his size despite being an extremely productive player in college. He would have been perfect for the Los Angeles Lakers, who lacked speed from the guard position. Being picked in the second round meant that he would have been an inexpensive contract for a team deep in the luxury tax. But now, Thomas has become an effective player, and will likely command a larger contract than the Lakers can offer without sacrificing financial flexibility for the future.
Thomas averaged over 20 points a game and has proved that he plays much bigger than his size. He was finally given a starting position after a mid-season trade, and took off when given control of the offense. He is extremely crafty at getting his shot off, and uses his body well. He is able to create for his teammates, as evidenced by his six assists a game.
While he gives up a lot of size defensively, he plays aggressive and averages over a steal a game. He also plays hard as if he always has something to prove, which makes him extremely valuable to any team. He is developing into a very talented point guard, and still has a lot of good years ahead of him.
Due to Thomas’ impressive scoring numbers and playmaking ability, it is likely that he will be too expensive for the Lakers this summer. While not as big as other point guards, he makes up for it with exceptional skill and hard work. Some organization will want his services on their team, and will likely pay more than the Lakers will be willing to offer.