Thursday, August 31, 2017

What's Next for Isaiah Thomas and the Cleveland Cavaliers?

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Going from literally the last man standing in the 2011 NBA Draft to his outstanding run during his short time with the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas'  game has improved tremendously over the years. In his debut game against the Los Angeles Lakers, he scored 21 points right off the bench and that same year the Celtics finished 2nd in the Atlantic Division with a 40-42 record. Last season, Celtics landed no. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, Isaiah Thomas scoring range at 28 ppg. 

Still in his prime, the young Point Guard is honestly a good look for any team, however, it can be extremely disappointing to be traded from a team you gave your heart to the way he did for Boston, which can happen in the blink of an eye in this business. The day after his sister was killed in a car accident, he showed up to play in Game 1 of the NBA playoffs vs Chicago Bulls. Celtics didn't walk away with a victory, but that night was an iconic moment in sports from an emotional standpoint, full of so much emotion wrapped in the competitive edge of playoff season. Not even a full summer after that, IT4 is now on his way to Cleveland to play alongside King James, the same team that was responsible for knocking the Celtics out of the running for NBA Finals last season.

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It’s not all bad, however. The Cleveland Cavaliers have been leading contenders in the 2016-2017 NBA Championship for the past few years and the King of the Fourth could potentially be a valuable component in keeping the Cavs in reign. Although it’s hard to imagine how well Lebron will lead without his "Robin", a.k.a Kyrie Irving, the franchise’s new addition could actually be the best decision they’ve ever made. Danny Ainge was crazy for letting a player like Isaiah Thomas go. With Isaiah’s straight forward approach and ability to pull through for his team at the final stretch, we can’t discredit the value he added to Boston and what he is capable of bringing to his new team. It's also good  that even as rivals, Lebron and Isaiah have seemed to always have a mutual respect for each other. 

Moving forward, Thomas will be rocking a different jersey this fall. Not only is October 17th is for the culture, NBA opening night is about to be one for the books. 

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