I wish they had tracked plus-minus better in that era so I could say it with more confidence, but going by traditional numbers I think there’s a good chance Isiah is one of the more overrated players in NBA history: small, mediocre shooter, mediocre FT shooter for his position, piss-poor scoring efficiency even by the lower standards of his era, piss-poor rebounder. And the worst defender on his team, which is normal for a small PG on a great defensive team, but I never got the sense he was even above average for a PG, other than being decent at gambling for steals.not really. Bird andJordan are two of the greatest players ever. Thomas doesn’t belong anywhere near them in an all-time great discussion.
Those peak Pistons teams were totally stacked outside of Zeke: Dumars, Dantley, Aguirre, Rodman, Laimbeer, Vinnie Johnson, Salley, Mahorn. I would not be surprised if there were 10-12 PGs in Isiah’s era who would not have made that team any worse, and probably four or five who would have made them better (certainly Magic and Stockton, quite possibly KJ, Mark Price, Tim Hardaway, even Ainge or DJ).