Isaiah Thomas in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform 

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(Last Updated On: February 9, 2018)

Throughout his basketball career, Isaiah Thomas has been described as the type of player who likes to have the ball in his hands constantly. According to Draft Express, Isaiah had the reputation of “holding onto the ball and over-dribbling at times” during his tenure at the University of Washington. As a result of this, Thomas needs to be on a team where he would be the primary ball handler; and is allowed to analyze the defense to determine what is the right play. For instance, the traditional pick and roll offense would be an ideal system for him because he can bring the ball up to the three-point line and ask for a screen. Once the pick was set Isaiah can pay attention to his defender to determine the next course of action, for instance, if the defender went under the screen, Thomas can go over it and take the open shot. On the other hand, if the defender went over the screen, Isaiah can go over it as well and drive towards the basket where he can score or pass the ball to the player next to him or to the perimeter depending on whether he was double teamed or not.

Unfortunately, Isaiah Thomas won’t get the opportunity to play in a pick and roll offense with the Los Angeles Lakers. This is because the Lakers have implemented an offensive system that is centered around ball movement. For instance, the point guard will bring the ball up to the three-point line and passes it to another player. Once this happens, the second player will give it to a third player and the third player will call for a screen. Once the pick was set, the third player can pay attention to his defender to determine the next course of action, for instance, if the defender went under the screen, the third player can go over it and take the open shot. On the other hand, if the defender went over the screen, the third player can go over it as well and drive towards the basket where he can score or pass the ball to the player next to him or to the perimeter depending on whether he was double teamed or not.

However, there are occasions when the Los Angeles Lakers send a big man in the low block to post up. For instance, the point guard will bring the ball up to the three-point line and passes it to a big man in the low post area. Once that happens, the big man will attempt to back down the defender with one of his shoulders to get within comfortable range to shoot a jump hook. Another example of this is when the point guard will bring the ball up to the three-point line and passes it to another perimeter player. The second perimeter will either dump the ball into the post or give it to a third perimeter player, and he will throw it into the low to mid block to start the process of attempting to get a jump hook.

Due to this, Isaiah Thomas has two choices, accept the off the ball role within the offense or seek a buyout to join a team with a pick and roll system.

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