In a sea of several superstars, Isaiah Thomas has made a name for himself in one of the world’s most competitive sports leagues in the world – The National Basketball Association. As a professional player, Isaiah has played for several of the top teams in the NBA like Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics.
The American point guard is one of the best players in the league presently and there is so much to learn about him, all of which you can learn by reading below.
Isaiah Thomas: Biography & Age
Isaiah Jamar Thomas was born on the 7th of February 1989. He was born to parents James Thomas and Tina Baldtrip in Tacoma, Washington. He grew as one of two children raised by his loving parents. He began playing basketball for Curtis Senior High School and then South Kent School in Connecticut after his family relocated.
Despite his academic challenges, Isaiah Thomas was an outstanding high school basketball player and he eventually secured a basketball scholarship to the University of Washington where he played college basketball for three years. While he was in college, he played a total of 105 games, starting 104 and averaged 16.4 points per game before he declared for the NBA Draft. His college jersey number, 2 was retired by the University for his exploits while he was there.
Following his decision to play in the NBA, he was subsequently drafted by the Sacramento Kings as the 60th overall player in the 2011 NBA Draft.
In his first season, he impressed as a rookie and was named into the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. While he was at Sacramento, Isaiah Thomas was one of the team’s better and popular players. His love story with his first NBA team came to an end when he joined the Phoenix Suns in the 2014/15 season before moving on to the Boston Celtics where he spent three seasons and achieved several career highs, including making the NBA Playoffs.
So far throughout his career, he has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, LA Lakers, and the Denver Nuggets. He nominated into the NBA All-Star team in 2016 and 2017.
Injury and Career Stats
Having spent over eight complete seasons in the NBA, Isaiah Thomas has spent enough time to garner a worthwhile reputation as a basketball player. He has achieved this by playing over 470 games, starting over 300 of them, and averaging 18.9 points per game and 5.1 assists per game.
While those figures represent his regular season numbers, he hasn’t had as much time in the playoffs as he would have hoped, spending just three seasons in the off-season competition all for the Boston Celtics. He played 25 games for the Celtics in the playoffs, starting 21 of them. He averaged 22.6 points per game.
As for injuries, Isaiah Thomas is not exactly an injury prone player but he did suffer a season-ending injury in 2018 which forced him to undergo arthroscopic surgery in his right hip. Other injuries include a right hip impingement in 2017.
If you have spent over six years in one of the most lucrative sports leagues in the world, playing for several of its top franchises, you are bound to become a rich man. The average revenue of an NBA player is placed at $5 million per year with a career revenue of $24.7 million. Isaiah Thomas has spent over 5 years in the league and is currently believed to be worth $20 million. His current salary is a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets worth $2 million.
Family: Wife, Sister
Whilst his professional life might not be on the perfect journey he hoped as an aspiring player, he has been able to leverage on his accomplishments thus far to build a happy home with his wife, Kayla Wallace. Isaiah Thomas and Kayla Wallace got married on the 20th of August, 2016. The couple has been able to raise two boys, Jaiden Thomas, and James Thomas.
With regards to his other family members, it is not a pleasant thing to lose a family member, particularly one as close as a sister. Sadly, Isaiah Thomas suffered this loss on the 15th of April, 2017 when his sister, Chyna died in a car accident in Washington.
As expected of basketballers, height is a necessary tool and Isaiah Thomas interesting does not have much of it compared to the average height in the league. The American point guard stands at 5 feet 9 inches with a body weight of 84kg. He can often be seen wearing a headband with the colors of his team.