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Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas still not satisfied after being named to All-NBA 2nd Team

05.18.17 at 6:10 pm ET
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Isaiah Thomas has been named to the All-NBA Second Team. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Isaiah Thomas has been named to the All-NBA Second Team. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Isaiah Thomas may have been named to the All-NBA Second Team on Thursday, but the chip on his shoulder is still All-NBA First Team.

“What do you think?” Thomas said when asked if he should have made the All-NBA First Team. “No, it don’t seem right [not making it]. But I’m blessed, man. I’m appreciative. It’s been a pretty good year for my team and for myself individually, so I mean, that kind of stuff goes to my teammates and this organization.”

“What we’ve all learned about Isaiah is all the different things that he can do. I think that it’s so much at this level about finding the right guys for the right groups, and he fits perfect with our guys,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “They need what he does well. He needs what they do well. But he’s put in a lot of work.

“He’s as consistent and hard of a worker as I’ve ever been around.”

But Thomas finishing as the third-best is in line with his season. 

His 28.9 points per game ranked as the third-most in the NBA this season, behind OKC’s Russell Westbrook’s league-leading 31.6 points per night and Houston guard James Harden’s 29.1 per night. Harden, by the way, finished with a perfect 500 points on his ballot, named to the All-NBA First Team on all 100 ballots, while Westbrook was named to the First Team on 99 ballots. Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the season, and Harden’s perhaps the best pure scorer in today’s game. 

So it was on the Second Team that Thomas, whose fourth quarter performances became the stuff of legend this season, landed, with Warriors guard Steph Curry, forward Kevin Durant, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Jazz center Rudy Gobert. 

It’s some truly elite company that the 5-foot-9 Thomas always believed he could be part of, too. 

“I always knew I could do what I’m doing right now, but that was just proving to other people. I mean, it says a lot, but I want to be so much better,” Thomas, the 60th overall pick from his draft class, said. “I’ve got so much more room for improvement in so many areas. That was definitely a goal of mine, and we got it. Now it’s on to bigger and better things.”

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