At 5-foot-9, Isaiah Thomas became the shortest starter in Celtics history when he arrived in 2015. The two-time All-Star showed that size didn’t matter to his on-court success while his hustle made him an instant fan favorite. Though Thomas played for many different teams, Boston always had a special place in his heart because of the fans. When he returned to Boston after being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017, fans erupted with a standing ovation, even though he wasn’t playing the game. “But [the fans] showed their true colors, like they always do, and that’s – I keep saying it, but it’s genuine love on both sides. The fans are everything here,” Thomas said.
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