Isaiah Thomas believes he can leapfrog Russell Westbrook (31.1 PPG) and lead the NBA in scoring.
Thomas, the No. 2 scorer in the L at the moment at 29.9 PPG, says it’s his goal to win the scoring title this season.
Isaiah Thomas on catching Russell Westbrook for scoring title: That's the goal. I think I can. I'm confident I can.https://t.co/bM0cRyYPIl
— Bill Doyle (@BillDoyle15) February 16, 2017
The All-Star point guard tied a Boston Celtics team record Wednesday night by notching his 40th consecutive 20-plus point game.
Per the Worcester Telegram & Gazette:
Catching Westbrook isn’t out of the question for Thomas. […] “That’s the goal,” Thomas said. “I think I can. I’m confident I can.”
Even if the 5-foot-9 Thomas doesn’t end up leading the NBA in scoring, he could still finish with the highest scoring average in Celtics history. Larry Bird owns the franchise record by averaging 29.93 points in the 1987-88 season. Bird scored 44 in his regular-season finale, but still fell five points shy of averaging 30. Thomas, who is averaging 29.88 points, is six shy of averaging 30.
“Yeah, I’ve thought about it,” Thomas said. “It would mean a lot, especially with such great players that played before me, but I mean I’m not aiming for it. It’s just if it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, I’ll be all right.”