Newly acquired Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas comes to Boston complete with a little flair for the dramatic. We know Thomas, affectionately known in some corners as IT2, can score. But he also has shown the propensity to score when it’s most important.
Look here to see some big shots and game winners courtesy of Thomas, both from his college days at the University of Washington and his three-plus year NBA career with Sacramento and Phoenix.
First, let’s take a look at Thomas casually crossing over and drilling a fallaway 20-footer at the buzzer to beat Arizona and win the 2011 PAC-10 tournament. Nice shot, kid.
Next, we flash forward a couple of years and travel to Washington, D.C., where Thomas takes an inbounds pass, patiently uses a screen, hesitates slightly then rockets into the paint and drops a floater with one second left on the clock to earn the Kings a road win over the Wizards.
And finally, we move into this past preseason, and join Thomas’s now former team the Phoenix Suns. In this clip, IT2 is in the right place at the right time and calmly takes a tipped rebound and buries it from the baseline at the horn to send the Suns/Lakers game into overtime. And if you’re wondering why doing something like that in a preseason game is worth a look, it’s not just the shot. It’s the turn and stare down of none other than boxer Floyd Mayweather just seconds after the ball drops through the hoop.
There’s no bad blood between Thomas and Mayweather. In fact they’re tight. But that doesn’t change the fact that this is still a pretty bad-ass move by Thomas.