Thomas a little big man in NBA

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives past Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris (34) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. The Celtics won 111-98. (AP Photo/LM Otero)


AP Basketball Writer

NEW ORLEANS — Isaiah Thomas isn’t even average.

The Boston Celtics list their two-time All-Star point guard at 5-foot-9 — even that is believed to be a bit generous — and 185 pounds. That means Thomas actually is slightly shorter and even a bit lighter than the typical male in the United States, at least based on the latest federal data that tracks such things.

So in society, he’s obviously not a big guy.

But in the NBA, he’s the little big man right now.

Averaging 29.9 points per game and leading Boston to the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference so far, Thomas is being mentioned by reigning two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors as someone worthy of consideration for the league’s top individual honor this year.

“Nobody in their right mind would have thought that,” Thomas said of his MVP hopes. “At one point I might not have even thought I was going to be the MVP. But now I do.”

It might come sooner than he thinks.

All-Star Media Day was where Thomas took questions for a half-hour or so, though he seemed genuinely surprised when he arrived and saw plenty of reporters awaiting his arrival.