The 25 Greatest Playoff Performers in NBA History

16. Isiah Thomas

Team(s): Pistons
Stats: 111 G, 20.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 8.9 APG, 19.8 PER
Playoff accolades: 2x NBA Champion (in three appearances), 1x Finals MVP
Playoff highlights

Thomas carried his Pistons teams to back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990, but those might not have even been his best performances in the playoffs. Game 6 of the 1988 Finals was probably his finest moment, as Isiah shook off a badly sprained ankle and put in a record 25 points in the third quarter as he tried to inspire his team to a title. While the Pistons ultimately came up short, Thomas' grit helped lay the foundation for their titles the next two seasons. Even when he wasn't hurt, he was productive; Zeke is in the top 10 all-time in both assists and steals per game in the playoffs, while also managing to score over 20 a night.

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