Isiah Thomas was born on April 30th, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois. One of the most prolific point guards in NBA history, Thomas was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996. Even before he was a standout player in the NBA, Thomas was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 1981 NCAA tournament when he led his Indiana Hoosiers to a National Championship. Fresh off that National Championship, Thomas was drafted by Detroit Pistons second overall in the 1981 NBA draft. He would play his entire career for the Pistons.
An immediate impact player, Thomas was the starting point guard for Eastern Conference in the ‘82 All-Star game and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team his first year in the league. In his 13 years as a NBA player, Thomas was snubbed from the All-Star game only once. In the 1988-1989 season, he led the “Bad Boys” to the first of back to back NBA Championships. Over the course of his career, Thomas averaged over 19 points per game (PPG), over 9 rebounds per game (RPG), and just under 2 steals per game. He won 2 All Star Game MVPs, 3 All-NBA First Team awards, 2 All-NBA Second Team awards and a Finals MVP award when the Pistons for the NBA Championship in 1990. Thomas was also voted into to the NBA Hall of Fame in 2000 on his first year of eligibility. The Pistons have since retired Thomas’ #11 jersey, making him one of only nine players with retired numbers by the team.
Happy 49th Birthday Isiah!