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Isaiah Thomas sneaks into Boston train station to view his new Nike campaign

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Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas has come a long way and enjoyed almost a meteoric rise since he was selected with the 60th pick in round two of the 2011 draft. 

Second round players are not usually expected to make big impacts in the NBA but Thomas hasn't followed that script and has made a name for himself, particularly in Boston. 

The 27-year-old has seen his stock rise considerably since being traded to the Celtics in 2015 and has been one of the main reasons for the franchise being considered as contenders once again. 

The 5'9" guard became an All-Star for the first time last season and is now the face of the most decorated team in league history.

His status in Boston has grown in the last year and he recently discovered just how big he's become thanks to a campaign by Nike. 

The sports brand, whom Thomas has an endorsement deal with, have created a "Come out of Nowhere" campaign featuring multiple basketball players and Isaiah's face is plastered across the city's railway stations with the message "Pick Me Last Again".

Fans had been sharing images of it with the Celtics star via social media, but he decided he had to see it for himself and snuck into South Station - Boston's largest railroad station and bus terminal - in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

"That was like a dream. I can’t even explain it," Thomas said. "The workers said they've been doing it for the last four or five days and they've still got way more to do. I was taking pictures and [security] was telling me that it was against the rules to take pictures in the train station, but I kept telling them, 'I know you got to do your job, but I'm taking these pictures and these videos. I'm sorry.'"

The former Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings man was aware that Nike was putting together a commercial featuring himself, Draymond Green and Paul George, but he admits he had no idea just how big it would be. 

"Nike said they had something special for me, but I didn’t know it was going to be that," Thomas said. "When people sent me pictures on social media, it was of like North Station, and then my wife had taken a picture of it last game.

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"But the next day someone said South Station had bigger ones. I’m like, 'I gotta go by this.' So that was my first time ever even at South Station. The posters are like everywhere. It’s unbelievable.

"When I went last night, me and my wife, we had a moment."

Thomas' rise to stardom is certainly one of the best stories in the NBA and it's not one that's about to end soon.

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