Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas finished a distant second to Lou Williams of the Toronto Raptors in voting for the NBA’s Sixth Man Award on Monday.
Thomas received 33 of a possible 130 first-place votes and finished with a total of 324 points, placing him as the runner-up among the 15 players who received votes. Voters gave Williams 78 first-place votes, and the veteran guard earned a total of 502 points. Clippers’ guard Jamal Crawford finished in third place with 131 points.
Upon hearing about his second-place finish in the race, Thomas congratulated Williams but suggested he was worthy of the honor.
“It’s out of my control,” Thomas said before practice Monday, via MassLive.com. “Congrats to Lou Will. I can’t say too much about it. All I’m gonna say is, numbers don’t lie. But congrats to him. He deserves it.”
The Celtics’ 5-foot-9 midseason addition topped Williams in a number of offensive categories, including points per game (16.4 to 15.5), FG percentage (42 to 40.4) and assists per game (4.2 to 2.1). Thomas’s numbers were even better once he was acquired by Boston, posting a team-leading 19 points and 5.4 assists in 26 minutes per game in 21 contests.
That kind of production led Celtics coach Brad Stevens to tout Thomas for the award last week in Cleveland.
“The (NBA) Sixth Man of the Year, I think Isaiah should be it,” Stevens said last Friday. “I don’t know who else is even up for it. I don’t really pay attention. But I can’t imagine somebody impacting their team — whether he’s in Phoenix or here — more. I mean, there’s no question about that.”