Isaiah Thomas is one of the greatest success stories in the NBA today.
The Boston Celtics guard was drafted with the very last pick in 2011 and there's hardly a long, illustrious list of number 60 overall picks.
His career started off modestly with the Sacramento Kings, but after a brief spell with the Phoenix Suns, Thomas finally landed with the Celtics in 2014 and was selected for the All-Star game last season.
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Since then, he has become the on-court leader for the most successful franchise in the history of the NBA. With the increased responsibility within a major franchise, the 27-year-old point guard has grown in confidence.
In a Q&A with Sports Illustrated, when Thomas was asked if there was a defender he feared in the league, he insisted nobody in the NBA can guard him.
"No, because nobody can guard me so it doesn’t really matter," Thomas insisted. "But Avery [Bradley] and Marcus [Smart] are two great defenders and I’m happy they’re on my team."
Thoms elaborated on his praise for teammates Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley and was asked if they are the two best defenders in the league.
"For sure. Smart can guard multiple positions whether it be taking on Paul Millsap like he did in our series against Atlanta or even guarding [Kristaps] Porzingis on the Knicks. He’s a guy who doesn’t back down from anybody. And Avery, he’s the best on-ball defender there is. There’s no question about that. Put him against anybody and they’ll have trouble against him."
With the addition of Al Horford this summer, the Celtics will be hoping to challenge in the Eastern Conference once again and if they all exude Thomas' confidence, you can bet they will.