Isaiah Thomas was known as the steal of the 2011 Draft as he was drafted 60th overall by the Sacramento Kings. He went from being Boston Superstar to being traded for Kyrie Irving. The following is Thomas’s career timeline:
Feb. 19, 2015: Thomas is traded to Boston
Thomas had been the last pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, thrived for the Sacramento Kings anyway, was dealt by them after three seasons, came off the bench for the Suns in a failed three-guard lineup experiment, and ultimately was traded for scraps at the deadline. All that led him to the Celtics, where he submitted two excellent seasons before reaching yet another level one year later.
April 12, 2017: IT completes MVP-worthy season
Thomas finished fifth in MVP voting after averaging nearly 29 points per game on incredible efficiency. It was a career year at age 27 thanks to Boston finding the perfect role for Thomas to thrive.
Aug. 22, 2017: Boston trades for Kyrie Irving
Included in the deal: Jae Crowder, Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick, and … Thomas.
Feb. 8, 2018: Thomas is traded to the Lakers
Thomas is sent to Los Angeles in a crazy trade deadline by the Cavs.
March 28, 2018: Thomas will undergo hip surgery
I.T. showed flashes of his old self in a brief time with the Lakers. He scored 29 points on 55 percent shooting against the Heat and averaged 16.9 points per game in the month of March. But he experienced some stiffness in his hip and proceeded to sit out two games. Then he left the team to consult specialists in New York.
July 13, 2018: Thomas signs one-year deal with Nuggets for the veteran’s minimum.
Thomas will likely be a backup again in Denver, this time to Jamal Murray. The situation with his hip injury is unclear right now, but if he is healthy, he could easily contribute to a Nuggets team that is on the edge of making the playoffs.