Dark Horse? More like Paul Revere : The Case of Isaiah Thomas for MVP
Do you want a bold statement? Isaiah Thomas is the best player under 6 feet since Muggsy Bogues. Want an even bolder statement? Isaiah Thomas will be this year’s MVP.
The odds maybe stacked against the 5-year veteran. Especially against the likes of Russell Westbrook and James Harden, who are also doing their share of campaigning this year. But, why not Isaiah?
At 5'9", the man is single-handedly taking the Celtics to the top of the Eastern Conference and changing the scene of Boston basketball to a more agile and high awareness squad.
Isaiah Thomas is currently second in scoring only behind Russell Westbrook. This season he has had 25 points or more in over half the games he’s played. His high point being a 52 point outing against Miami where he had made 9 threes. He is the king of the 4th quarter.
Isaiah Thomas may not be the sexiest pick for MVP. But he certainly is the most overshadowed. In terms of “value” to a team, there is no doubt in my mind that James Harden and Russell Westbrook have some major values to their respective organizations. But they each have or have had some major supporting cast to help bring them to the top.
The Houston Rockets are filled to the brim with key players to help James Harden get the MVP. Patrick Beverley, one the best defensive PG in the league, can help Harden get the ball when ever he needs it. And sharpshooters like Gordon, Ariza, and Anderson have given Harden the confidence he needs.
And is there anymore to say about Russell Westbrook? The man is a monster in his own right. And is somewhat an exception. But he still has had players like James Harden and Kevin Durant to build him to the superstar he is today.
Consistency has been a huge issue for all superstars these days. They can have a couple nights of greatness and then fall flat for a couple of the next games. Isaiah Thomas is the most consistent player in the NBA. He doesn’t seem to have flat nights. He consistently is a scoring machine in the games he has played this season.
I think that is one of the things lacking from Russell Westbrook and James Harden. They tend to have huge stats one night but then a disappointing night the next. Isaiah Thomas has had only one night under 20 points, which was against the Warriors. James Harden has 8, and Russell Westbrook has 4. And for those who want to know Lebron James has 8 under 20 point nights and Steph Curry has 13.
Isaiah Thomas is a superstar. He has all the intangibles of a leader and a champion. Until recently with Al Horford, Isaiah Thomas has not had anyone else help him grow. He has done it all on his own.
He has brought back a new excitement for basketball in the city of Boston.He has shown that you don’t have to be 6'8" to be consistent. He has shown that you don’t need a big three to be championship worthy. Isaiah Thomas defines MVP. It doesn’t define him.