Brad Stevens: Isaiah Thomas ‘has completely been unbelievable on offense’
Brad Stevens is a fantastic coach, but in his first two seasons with the Boston Celtics it was clear he could only do so much with an inexperienced, young roster that had below-average overall talent. Then they acquired Isaiah Thomas, and the world shifted beneath Stevens' feet.
Thomas is Boston's best player, and one of the better pick-and-roll weapons in the entire sport. He dramatically alters the Celtics' ceiling, and unlocks different things Stevens wants to do on offense.
Last year was a success, and so far Stevens and Thomas' relationship appears to be off on the right foot this season, too. Here's what Boston's head coach had to say about Thomas' impact so far, per ESPN's Chris Forsberg:
Thomas is the tip of Boston's spear. He's a highly efficient ball-handler who can shoot off the dribble, get to the basket, draw fouls and make plays for his teammates. It's almost impossible to guard him without doubling 25 feet from the rim, which opens things up for everybody else.
With new pick-and-roll partners like David Lee and Amir Johnson, Thomas and the Celtics should only be more potent this season.
“Isaiah is last on our team in field goal attempts through the four days of practice that we’ve statted. And [he] has completely been unbelievable on offense, which tells you all that he’s doing for everybody else,” said Stevens. “He’s playing very unselfish. He’s making the right read, regardless of situation, and he’s not forcing anything. He really played great point guard on offense the whole time.”