The Seattle Pro-Am brings some big names as future, current and former NBA stars show out in Jamal Crawford’s hometown. But Washington state native Isaiah Thomas has always considered Seattle home, even after bouncing from Sacramento to Boston in his underdog pro career following his final selection in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Perhaps that’s how Zeke was able to sky for this insane block on Trevor Ariza, the 6-foot-8 wing for the Rockets.
Let’s watch it one more time:
Thomas isn’t known for his defense. Among guards last season, Zeke ranked in the 80s in points per possession allowed (10 possessions per game), and was even worse among guards against the pick-and-roll ball handler (minimum 3 possessions per game). But the guy has heart, along with a dribble-drive game that surprises most who mark him.
Here’s another angle on that block of Ariza, who was coming in with some momentum after catching it beyond the 3-point arc and driving baseline.