Isaiah Thomas is new in Cleveland, but he’s already gaining something of a reputation for being a ballhog. This has nothing to do with his ability to play basketball, mind you, as Thomas still has a long way to go before he’ll be able to take the court as he recovers from a hip injury.
This isn’t totally a surprise, as Thomas’ ability to score has always been his best skill. Even last year in Boston, Thomas — who was nominally the team’s point guard — averaged 28.9 points on 19.4 field goal attempts per game while dishing out 5.9 assists per night. Being a “ballhog” is, if anything, a strength for Thomas and the kind of thing that makes him an All-NBA caliber basketball player.
Anyway, Thomas saw this tweet and had a slightly different take than Smith. In the eyes of the former Celtics star, the fact that he’s so unwilling to give the ball to his teammates means the game is more realistic this year.
Compared to NBA Live 18‘s depiction of Thomas as a ruthless shot blocker, this is a far more accurate representation of Cleveland’s new point guard.