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:
A P.S. - Isaiah Thomas has scored 20 or more points in the 7 of last 9 games. (H/T @kingsnotesguru)— Jonathan Santiago (@itsjonsantiago) December 22, 2013
One of the secrets to his scoring success is his lethal pull-up jump shot. According to NBA.com, he has the fifth-best effective field-goal percentage on pull-up attempts this season:
Top Pull Up eFG% (*min. 5 FGA/G) 1.Lillard: 49.1% 2.Dirk: 48.9% 3.Bledsoe: 48.3% 4.Durant:47.9% 5.Isaiah Thomas: 46.7% #FridayLeaderboard— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) December 20, 2013
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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