Celtics

Isaiah Thomas isn’t happy about his Sports Illustrated player ranking

He thinks he should be higher than 45.

Isaiah Thomas averaged 22.2 points and 6.2 assists per game while leading the Celtics to the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs last season. Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe

Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated released a ranking of the top 100 NBA players, and one Celtics player on the list wasn’t satisfied with his placement.

Isaiah Thomas is ranked 45th, along with teammates Al Horford (18),  Jae Crowder (53), Avery Bradley (72), and Amir Johnson (86).

IT took to twitter to express his disappointment:

A top-50 ranking for a player who stands at just 5’9″ and was the 60th pick in the NBA draft is certainly an accomplishment, but Thomas’ reaction is true to his nature. Not only does he have a history of using doubters to motivate himself, he has a history of using these exact same doubters:

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That tweet came after he was ranked 88th in last year’s SI rankings, and while Thomas may seem hard to please (after all, he did jump 43 spots), averaging 22.2 points per game and leading a team to the playoffs warrants high praise.

As it turns out, he wasn’t the only player upset with his placement. DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors, who comes in just a spot behind Thomas, also used twitter to give his (censored) reaction to his ranking:

https://twitter.com/DeMar_DeRozan/status/776611601520533504

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