Before Isaiah Thomas was selected with the 60th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, he was told he was going to be as good as he is now.
Thomas was skeptical, according to Sports Illustrated’s Jake Fischer. The prediction came from God Shammgod, the scoring champion of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2004.
Shammgod, a second-round pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, is credited for working with professional players like point guard Kris Dunn, the Timberwolves first-round pick in 2016 (fifth overall) when he was a student assistant at Providence University.
Shammgod is now a player development coach for the Mavericks. Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype wrote about him in November 2015.
“In addition to training Providence’s players, he says he has also worked with NBA players like Isaiah Thomas, Ben Gordon and Ricky Ledo among others.”
Much like Thomas, Shammgod was an undersized point guard. While other players he has trained haven’t had the same success Thomas has had, he is credited for teaching Kobe Bryant his crossover move.
When he worked with Thomas, he told him that he was going to be an All-Star player one day. Apparently, the Boston star didn’t believe him.
Fortunately for those who root for the Celtics, Thomas has certainly proven that Shammgod was correct.