Indiana Basketball All-Time Starting Five: With two off the Bench

How good would this team be in today's game?

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Point Guard: Isaiah Thomas

Having "Zeke" run the point goes without saying. Not only is Isaiah Thomas arguably the greatest Hoosier basketball player of all time, but Isaiah Thomas is one of the greatest point guards ever to play the game. Thomas still holds the single-season record for total assists (197) and assists per game (5.8), which is not easy in Bobby Knight's motion offense.

Thomas is also eighth all-time in steals. He did this in just two years on campus. Knight and Thomas' relationship did not get the best of starts. However, Knight threatened to send Thomas home during the 1979 Pan-American Games. Before his freshman year, Knight kicked him out of practice because Thomas was not adhering to the "Knight Philosophy."

Then, the lights came on, and the games began. Thomas was so good that Knight adjusted his coaching style to make the best use of the Chicago native's talents. The Hoosiers won a National, and he was a Consensus All-American. With his ability to distribute, penetrate, pass, shoot, and defend, there is no guard in Indiana history to run this offense but Isaiah Lord Thomas III.