Isiah "Zeke" Thomas was one of the greatest "small men" ever to play professional basketball. Thomas, who stood barely over six feet, was in his day the grittiest performer to play the position, a feisty competitor who offered no quarter and expected none in return. Thomas possessed the skill and determination to take over a game at will and helped build a last-place Detroit Pistons team into back-to-back NBA champions in the late 1980s. Thomas' sunny smile belied an inner toughness that made him a key member of a scrappy, physical group of players dubbed the "Bad Boys" of Detroit. more...
Full Name: Isiah Lord Thomas III Born: 4/30/61 in Chicago High School: St. Joseph's (Westchester, Ill.) College: Indiana Drafted by: Detroit Pistons, 1981 (second overall) Height: 6-1; Weight: 182 lbs.
Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2000); NBA All Rookie Team (1982); 12-time NBA All-Star (1982-93); NBA All-Star Game MVP (1984, '86); All-NBA First Team (1984, '85, '86); All NBA Second Team (1983, '87); NBA Champion (1989, '90); NBA Finals MVP (1990); U.S. Olympian (1980); J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1987); One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).