Isaiah Thomas will have some help on the court next season and he’s not concerned about having to share the spotlight.
The Boston Celtics bolstered their lineup by adding four-time All-Star center Al Horford on a four-year, $113 million deal this offseason. While the team struck out on adding Kevin Durant, the Celtics also got more athletic by selecting University Of California, Berkeley, product Jaylen Brown with their No.3 overall pick and re-signing Gerald Green.
As Thomas told A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com, he’s excited with the star power he will have on the court alongside him.
“It’s only going to help. That’s what we need, other guys that can put the ball in the basket, other guys that can do a variety of different things and he’s one of those guys,”Thomas said. “The attention will go off me a little bit with having Al Horford on our team.”
The Celtics finished the 2015-16 season with a 48-34 record under head coach Brad Stevens, good for second in the Atlantic Division and the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Thomas carried the team to two wins in the first round against the Atlanta Hawks, spearheaded by a 42-point performance in game three and 28-point outing in game four.
However, the 27-year-old will now have a strong presence to go along with young studs such as Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, and Avery Bradley.
“Shooting and guys that can attack, that’s what we needed,” Thomas said. “We got a new addition in Gerald Green, a familiar face around here. He can shoot the ball, lights out. And he’s athletic so he can go in and dunk on you. I know a lot of guys have been working hard this summer to go in and prove that they’re ready. I’m excited about that opportunity.”
As the season approaches, the Celtics will be one of the favourites in the Eastern Conference.