Wizards head coach Scott Brooks came into tonight making a major change to his starting lineup and that gamble seemed to pay dividends as Brooks inserted former 2-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas into the starting lineup for the first time this season.
Thomas came into the Pistons game averaging 16.3 points and 7.3 assists and clearly separated himself from the Wizards former starter, Ish Smith in terms of on the court production. While Thomas did not have a great scoring output, he was a steady hand in the starting lineup and drew attention away from Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal with his threat of scoring from anywhere on the court.
After the game, Thomas was very adamant about thanking the Wizards for giving him the opportunity to play within their system, something he has not been afforded in his previous three destinations over the last two seasons.
Isaiah Thomas even got a bit emotional describing his inspiration for getting back to himself: “I'm never going to quit, no matter what. I've been through real-life situations that are bigger than basketball... It was tough but my kids, to be honest, they kept me going."
Thomas may never be able to regain the form of the player who was once a Second Team All-NBA player, but he can still be very effective as an NBA starter and he proved that by leading the Wizards team to a much needed victory over the Detroit Pistons.