Today, we’ll see Isaiah Thomas come to Washington for the first time this season. It wasn’t too long ago when he was the Celtics’ starting point guard during their 2016-17 season run when Boston made the Eastern Conference Finals and were in a heated seven-game series with the Wizards.
For Washington, the 2016-17 season was the peak of the John Wall Era. It is.
And for Thomas, it was the peak of his as well. After the 2016-17 season, in no particular order, we saw him:
- Suffer a hip injury which cost him a chance at a maximum contract extension with Boston. He ultimately had surgery in 2018.
- Get traded to the Cavaliers in exchange for Kyrie Irving before the 2017-18 season.
- Get traded again to the Los Angeles Lakers because he just wasn’t meshing well with Cleveland, to put it nicely.
- Sign with the Nuggets on a one-year minimum contract for the 2018-19 season
- And if that weren’t enough, he wasn’t able to make his season debut until last February. And Thomas’ stats are less than stellar.
On Mar. 18, Thomas finally returned to Boston and the team gave him a touching tribute. I feel for Thomas since he peaked and fell at the wrong time. Because of that, he’s never going to fully capture his value, up to $100 million in a multi-year contract.
The Wizards are sort of on the opposite end of this. Wall peaked at the right time to get his supermax deal but suffered some devastating injuries before it took effect. Two extremes of the spectrum of players getting their fair share of the pie vs. teams having enough salary cap space to compete.
Anyway, let’s see how Thomas does and how the home team does as well. Go Wizards.