Isaiah Thomas has two defining characteristics: He stands just 5-foot-9 and he’s left-handed. The Boston Celtics point guard, who was famously selected with the last pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, has been carving opponents up with that left hand this season, averaging a career-best 29 points per game while shooting 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc. He’s led the Celtics to within one game of the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Thomas might have another weapon in his arsenal, albeit one that’s somewhat secret. During a otherwise normal shootaround on Thursday morning, ESPN Celtics beat reporter Chris Forsberg caught Thomas working on his 3-point shot. But if you look closely, you’ll see that Thomas is shooting them with his right hand, and draining them with as natural of a motion as he does with his left.
There’s a slim chance that Thomas would ever have occasion to break out his right-handed 3-ball in a game, and there’s no good reason to do so when you’re shooting almost 40 percent with your dominant hand. But it’s fun to know that if Thomas got caught in the air by a defender trying to shoot the ball with his left, he could switch hands and it wouldn’t be much of a drop-off. It has us wondering just how good Thomas might secretly be as a righty, too. I guess we’ll never know.
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