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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Washington G Isaiah Thomas

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 [1] to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).

Isaiah Thomas

Position: Guard

School: Washington

Height: 5-foot-9

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 [2]. 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: ‘€œHe’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 [3] 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 [4], 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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