|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Washington G Isaiah Thomas||06.22.11 at 7:04 am ET|
WEEI.com continues to provide daily insight and analysis on the 2011 NBA draft. This is one in a series of profiles of players who might be available for the Celtics to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).
Weight: 185 pounds
Stats: 16.8 ppg, 6.1 apg, 3.5 rpg
What he brings: His lack of size (5-9) has drawn comparisons to former Huskies guard and current NBA player Nate Robinson. Thomas is most known for his ball handling. He is very good with the ball, using both hands, his natural left and his right. He is a pretty good shooter from the outside and has a nice arc on his shot. His height prevents him from having a major impact on the boards, but he does have quick reactions and is quick to loose balls. He is a very good on-ball defender as well, with quick feet.
Where the Celtics could get him: First round (or second)
What they’re saying: “He’s always been doubted because of his size, and this will be the ultimate experience for him to go out and obtain his goal.” — Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, on Thomas’ decision to leave school a year early
Notes: The Seattle Times ran a feature story on Thomas and his legacy at Washington. He leaves the school as the third all-time leading scorer in the program’s history. He was named after NBA legend Isiah Thomas, but his mother wanted his named spelled Isaiah because she wanted a biblical name. Thomas spent two years prepping at South Kent School in Connecticut.
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