Born in one of the beautiful cities of Washington on February 7, 1989, Isaiah Thomas is America’s prominent professional basketball player currently playing 3-point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA.
Thomas who left his senior year at college to begin his NBA career with the Sacramento Kings in 2011, has now become one of the foremost basketballers to be reckoned with, having won numerous awards such as the 2016 and 2017 ‘NBA All-Star’ honors and the All-NBA Second Team’ name in 2017.
The “Pizza Boy” has always had a keen interest in the basketball game and as such, he dedicated himself to no-other thing than playing for his school’s team during his early years in school.
Aside from his career in the basketball field which might sound interesting to many, there are a few facts about Thomas’ birth history and personal life that may be of equal interest to you.
Salary and Net Worth
Isaiah Thomas earns about $6.261 million as salary annually after the Cleveland Cavaliers traded him for Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. in the 2018 first-round pick three hours before the NBA trading deadline.
So far, Thomas could be said to have had a successful career as a basketball player. He attended the University of Washington, where he started playing with the All Pac-10 team but he started earning huge amount of money as salary from 2011 when he joined the NBA Draft and was selected as the 60th pick in the second round of the draft by the Sacramento Kings who signed a 4-year contract worth $27,000,002 with him including an annual average salary of $6,750,001. While with them, he was named the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
Thomas began to have a fantastic career growth afterwards, reaching 38 points career-high on January 19, 2014, against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He then became the shortest player to ever record a triple-double in the NBA against Washington Wizards on March 18, 2014. He was also named the fifth player under 6ft to achieve this feat after he averaged over 20 points and 6 assists per game.
Things, however, began to change after he joined the Boston Celtics on February 19, 2015, and scored as high as 21 points off the bench in his debut game against the Los Angeles Lakers. From his return in 2015, after a sustaining an injury that kept him out of eight games in the season, he continued to have multiple hip injuries which made him unable to play for the rest of the year 2017. He, however, scored as high as 17 points in 19 minutes off the bench for the Cleveland Cavaliers which he was traded to on August 22, 2017. He even scored a season-high 24 points in a losing attempt against Oklahoma City Thunder on January 20, 2018.
In the 2017-2018 season, Isaiah Thomas is expected to earn a base salary of $6,261,395, while carrying a cap hit of $6,261,395 and a dead cap value of $6,261,395. His net worth which is currently at $20.4 million is expected to experience a hike of about 156% based on his performances in the coming years.
Isaiah Thomas Family – Dad, Sister
Thomas was born Isaiah Jamar Thomas. He was given the name Thomas after a former famous Detroit Pistons point guard Isiah Thomas. His father, James was a parts inspector for Boeing and a great basketball fan. In fact, Thomas was named so, after James lost a bet with a friend during the 1989 NBA finals when he agreed to name his son after Detroit guard Isiah Thomas if the Pistons beat his favourite club, the Laker. Eventually, the Pistons swept Los Angeles, and the rest is history.
Thomas had a sister named Chyna who died after she had a car accident on Interstate 5 in Federal Way, Washington, on April 15, 2017. His mother, Tina Baldtrip worked as a nurse.
Wife and Sons
Isaiah Thomas is a married man. He got married on August 20, 2016, to his longtime girlfriend, Kayla Wallace. The couple is blessed with two sons; Jaiden Thomas and James Tomas. The latter was named after their grandfather, James. The African-America basketballer currently lives with his family in Tacoma, Washington.
Isaiah Thomas Height, Tooth and Body Measurement
Nicknamed “King of the Fourth”, Thomas is 1.75 M tall in height and 84kg (185 lbs.) in weight. In 2016, he was officially listed by the NBA as 5 feet 9 inches tall, but Thomas openly declared that he was even shorter than that, referring to himself as a ‘little man’. According to him, he was only 5’8 inch tall.
He lost his toot in 2017 during the first quarter of the Celtics’ 123-111 Game 1 win over the Wizards in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The incident happened when Thomas wanted to break up a pass but was suddenly hit on the mouth by Washington’s Otto Porter. The unfortunate collision led to the loss of his top front tooth. In what looked funny to spectators, Thomas quickly picked his fallen tooth up and gave it to a member of Boston’s medical staff, and continued with the game.
After the game was over, Thomas tried to have his tooth fixed but all effort to do so proved abortive. While he is still hopeful that his tooth will be fixed, he continues his game making light of his sudden gap tooth.