Isaiah Thomas was introduced to the Phoenix Suns the other day. Thomas just inked a deal for $27 million over 4 years. Thomas was not going to hold back when speaking to the press. He was brutally honest multiple times and said all the right things.
Isaiah struggles with his height, and has his whole life. He thinks teams would respect him much more if he was taller. During the press conference Thomas said,
"If I was 6-foot, I would be signing for $90 million contract, just like him [ Irving]. ... I'm 5-foot-9 and that's why I was the 60th pick. That's why the Kings keep bringing new guys in. That's the reason why. And I understand and you can't put it past that. If I was 6-foot, I would be a max player. I think a lot of people feel that way, too."
Thomas is exactly right. Last season Thomas put up 20.3 PPG, 6.3 APG, 2.9 RPG, and player efficiency rating of 20.54. Kyrie Irving averaged 20.8 PPG, 6.1 APG, 3.6 RPG, and a player efficiency rating of 20.14. The only difference between the 5 foot 9 Thomas and 6 foot 3 Irving last
season was 6 inches. Both Thomas and Irving had almost identical numbers, and both players have similar player efficiencies. It's amazing 6 inches can cost Thomas $11.25 million per year.
Thomas also said he felt disrespected by the Sacramento Kings. He felt he played well enough for them to push hard for him in free agency. Thomas then continued to say,
- Via Slam OnlineWhen the NBA schedule is released remember to mark down the Suns v. Kings matchup on your calendar. Thomas is sure to put on a show that night that could be described as "disrespectful".