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Who to watch: Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas made his season debut with the Cavaliers in January. Here are some things to know about this 5'9" player.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas scored 17 points in just under 19 minutes during the Cav's first game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Impressive by any standard, it seems all the more so due to the fact that Thomas stands at (only) 5'9".

Isaiah Jamar Thomas was born on February 7, 1989. He was named after former Detroit Pistons Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas. As a child, he had the nicknames "Bighead" (or Head) from his father and "Zeke" from his mother, after the other Isiah Thomas's nickname.

He played three years of college basketball for the Washington Huskies and was a three-time all-conference selection in the Pac-10. After electing to forgo his senior year in college, Thomas was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the final pick in the 2011 NBA draft. He spent three seasons with the Kings before joining the Phoenix Suns in 2014. Thomas was acquired by the Boston Celtics in February 2015 and went on to earn NBA All-Star nods in 2016 and 2017, as well as All-NBA Team honors in 2017 after leading the Celtics to the first seed in the Eastern Conference. In August 2017, he was sent to the Cavaliers in a five-player trade.