The New Orleans Pelicans made a low-key great move last couple of days by taking in 10-year veteran guard Isaiah Thomas on a 10-day contract.
Thomas has been out of the league since last season after playing 40 games with the Washington Wizards, where he averaged 12.2 PPG and 3.7 APG.
Since then, the 32-year-old point guard has been waiting for his opportunity again and even suiting up for Team USA to play for the FIBA AmeriCup 2022 Qualifiers along with fellow former NBA veteran Joe Johnson.
There he showed that he’s got a lot more left in the tank. Playing healthy, still showcasing his ability to be a deadly scorer anywhere on the floor.
It eventually became enough for the Pelicans to sign him to a 10-day contract and today he made his 2020-21 NBA Season debut against Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks.
And in the game, where the future point guards like Young and Lonzo Ball are on the court, he proved that he can still be a valuable piece of an NBA team.
Thomas instantly made an impact off the bench scoring eight straight points with two three-pointers right away in his first game back into the league.
In the end, the Hawks took the win, 123-107, but Thomas finished with 10 points, two rebounds and two assists, he showed his aggressiveness tonight and shot 4-13 from the field.
In his first game back in the league, he looked like someone that can come off the bench for a playoff team or even a contender and make impact on their offense.
Although his defense is still a liability, the fact that he can be a big piece of the offense of the second unit could help mitigate this flaw.
On top of all that, after years being plagued with injuries, Thomas proudly stated that he’s healthier than ever.
“I’m 102%! I’m more than good, this is the best I’ve ever felt since before I got injured and that’s not even a question anymore. Everyday, I wake up with a smile on my face cause I never thought I could feel this good again,” he said during the media availability.
“Physically, I’m ready, mentally, I’m ready and I’m just happy to be here,” he added.
Thomas has certainly looked great and with the Pelicans is sitting as the 11th seed in the West with a 22-28 record, a couple games behind from the eighth seed holder, Memphis Grizzlies, that has 24-23, record.
Who could say that he can’t make an impact and help them somehow reach the post-season?
If Thomas wants to stay in the league, this is the right time and place to prove himself again.
Do you think IT still deserves to be in the league in the next few years? Which team do you think he could play for next season? Sound off below in the comment section!