Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas finishes 5th in NBA MVP voting
The King in the Fourth has become the King in the Fifth, as Isaiah Thomas’ season has come to a close with the 5-foot-9 guard finishing in fifth in the league’s MVP voting.
In an award dominated by Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, who nabbed 69 of a possible 101 first-place votes, Thomas locked up fifth place behind Westbrook, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, and LeBron James thanks to four third-place votes, eight fourth-place votes, and a whopping 37 fifth-place votes, for 81 total points.
That was more points than Golden State’s Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, as well Wizards superstar John Wall, and Milwaukee Bucks stars Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Thomas put together one of the most impressive regular-season campaigns in C’s history (which is saying something), with a franchise-best 245 three-pointers made during the regular season, 23 more than Antoine Walker’s 222 in 2001-02. Thomas scored at will at times during the regular season, too, with 31 games at least 30 points or more, and had a franchise-record 43 straight games with at least 20 points.
That efficiency brought him within one point of tying Larry Bird’s franchise-best 29.9 points per game set in 1987-88, as Thomas finished with 28.9 points per night.
Thomas also finished in the league’s Most Improved Player voting, but did take an award home, as he was named the NBA Community Assist Award.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog