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Isiah Thomas

NBA Hall of Famer

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Isiah Thomas: NBA Hall of Famer

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Isiah Thomas, a native of Chicago, Illinois, was one of the NBA's best small guards. At 6-foot-1, 182-pounds, he brought scoring, passing and flair to the game and a willingness to attack the basket.

An All-America at Indiana University, Thomas led the Hoosiers to a 47-17 record and the 1981 NCAA championship. He played 13 NBA seasons with the Detroit Pistons, 12 of which he was named an NBA All-Star, and was MVP of the 1984 and 1986 All-Star Games. He ranks as Detroit's all-time leading scorer (18,822, 19.2 ppg, 34th best in NBA history) and assist-holder (9,061).

Thomas, named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996, led the Pistons to the 1989 and 1990 NBA championship under Hall of Fame coach Chuck Daly, and was named MVP of the 1990 Finals (27.6 ppg, 7.0 apg, 5.2 rpg). Thomas, the 1982 NBA Rookie of the Year, was named All NBA First-Team in 1984, 1985 and 1986 and Second-Team in 1983 and 1987. Thomas currently ranks fourth in NBA history in assists (9,061, 9.3 apg) and ninth in steals (1,861).

He served as head coach of the NBA's Indiana Pacers for three seasons, compiling a 131- 115 record and reaching the playoffs each of his three years. On December 22, 2003, Thomas was named President of Basketball Operations for the New York Knicks. Within two weeks, Thomas had made three key personnel moves, releasing Clarence Weatherspoon and trading with the Phoenix Suns for guards Penny Hardaway and Stephon Marbury.

A consummate professional both on and off the court, Isiah has been a leader his entire life. As he has done in business and athletics, Isiah speaks with flair, compassion and intelligence. In his presentations, Isiah talks with audiences about the devotion it takes to become a master at your profession, the sacrifice it takes to be the best, and the joy of success.
NBA All-Rookie Team (1982)
All NBA First-Team (1984, 1985, 1986)
All NBA Second-Team (1983, 1987)
NBA Championships with the Detroit Pistons (1989, 1990)
NBA Finals MVP, 1990 (27.6 ppg, 7.0 apg, 5.2 rpg)
12-time NBA All-Star (1982-1993)
All-Star Game MVP in 1984 (following a 21-point, 15 assist outing) and in 1986 (following a 30-point, 10 assist game)
Ranks fourth in NBA history in assists (9,061, 9.3 apg)
Ranks ninth in NBA history in steals (1,861)
All-time leading scorer in Detroit Pistons history (18,822, 19.2 ppg), 28th in NBA history upon retirement and currently 34th best in NBA history
Scored a career-high 47 points against the Denver Nuggets on Dec. 13, 1983
All-time assist holder (9,061) in Detroit Pistons history
Averaged 19.2 ppg in 979 regular season games and 20.4 ppg in 111 playoff games
Holds the NBA Finals single-game record for most points in one quarter with 25 (June 19, 1988 vs. Los Angeles Lakers)
Holds the NBA Finals single-game record for most field goals in one quarter with 11 (June 19, 1988 vs. Los Angeles Lakers)
Shares NBA Finals single-game record for most field goals in one half with 14 (June 19 vs. Los Angeles Lakers)
Dished out 25 assists against the Washington Bullets on Feb. 7, 1985 and versus the Dallas Mavericks on Feb. 13, 1985
NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996)