I understand that historically small guards have had disadvantages in achieving success in the NBA. That said, there have been notable exceptions to the rule. Earl Boykins, young Damon Stoudamire, Earl the Pearl Monroe, Nate Robinson, to name a few. So as a hoop fan in the northwest I cannot understand the notable bias on this site towards arguably the regions best young guard, Isaiah Thomas. This site has no critical review of Thomas under player profiles, and goes as far as listing Abdul Gaddy as a better pro prospect, most likely due to height not game effectiveness. Hoop fans up here have seen Thomas absolutely demolish the local backcourt hoop prospects since his junior year in high school. So Draft Nation I am asking for educated opinions who is better Thomas or Gaddy, and should Thomas get more respect as a pro prospect as a possible contributor (bench)
Gaddy has the ability to be better (potentially) because of his size and the fact that he's a true PG who can defend as well. He's not very polished right now, but he's going to be good when he gets bigger and stronger.
Thomas is better now because he's outstanding at creating his own shots and he'll always be of more of a scorer than Gaddy will more than likely, but he's not a great shooter, and he's a poor defender,and will probably always be at his size.
Gaddy seems like a future starter, but Thomas seems like a sparkplug off the bench. Similar to Will Bynum or (of course) Nate Robinson. So Gaddy is probably a better prospect..
I agree with much of what you said, although I feel Thomas' assist stats are lower because he is his teams best scoring threat and the style of play the Huskies employ coupled with the "small ball" three guard lineup. Gaddy is more true PG and I think in time he will develop, but I think Thomas is underestimated as a shooter and the numbers will reflect improvement this year. Defensively small (sub 6 foot) pgs will always be limited to offensive roles/bench work. when the games slow down playoff style big PG's always take them into the post.