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Isaiah Thomas has made two NBA All-Star Game appearances because of his dynamic game on the offensive end of the floor.
As he works toward becoming 100 percent healthy again after a seven-month absence while rehabilitating a torn labrum in his right hip, defense has never been the calling card of the 5-foot-9 Thomas.
However, his struggles this season on that end of the floor have not been stellar. In fact, according to StatMuse, it’s been bad… historically bad.
Isaiah Thomas currently has a defensive rating of 117.5 with the Cavs.
Not only is that the worst by any player (min 25 MPG) this season, it's in fact the worst by any player in the last 25 years. pic.twitter.com/z6GnkaxhGG
— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 31, 2018
According to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, the Cavaliers’ defensive rating with Thomas on the court during the loss at Detroit on Tuesday night was 125.3, the worst number of the night. The Cavs’ defensive rating with Thomas off the court was 92.3.
Lloyd also pointed out it wasn’t any better offensively, for the guy who led the Eastern Conference in scoring last season at 28.9 points per game. The Cavaliers’ offensive rating with Thomas on the court against the Pistons was 97.9. Without him, it was 127.2.