Isaiah Thomas Says He Wants to Be 'The Best Little Guy to Ever Play' in the NBA

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2013

SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 15: Isaiah Thomas #22 of the Sacramento Kings in a game against the Houston Rockets on December 15, 2013 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Isaiah Thomas wants to leave a legacy much bigger than his body.

The Sacramento Kings' starting point guard stands at a diminutive (by NBA standards) 5'9" and was recently asked by Slam Online's Tracy Weissenberg, "What do you want your legacy as a basketball player to be? How do you want people to remember you?"

Thomas' response? "I want to be the best little guy to ever play."

It's certainly a lofty goal. The NBA has featured a number of great players who come in at under 6'0". Historically, you have Calvin Murphy, Muggsy Bogues and Spud Webb. And in today's league, Ty Lawson and Nate Robinson have both shown the ability to light up a scoreboard.

But it's a goal that Thomas could realistically achieve. He's barely a quarter of the way through his third NBA season, and he's already 26th in league history for win shares by players under 6'0" tall. When you limit the criteria to players who are 5'9" or shorter, Thomas jumps up to seventh on the list.

This season, he's putting up 18.8 points and 5.7 assists a game, and his production has actually climbed since he moved into the starting lineup. From the Cowbell Kingdom's Jonathan Santiago:

One of the secrets to his scoring success is his lethal pull-up jump shot. According to, he has the fifth-best effective field-goal percentage on pull-up attempts this season:

And since he's only 24 years old, there's still plenty of time for Thomas to improve his game and cement a not-so-little legacy.


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