I.T. on Lakers Debut: 'I Feel Like I Got My Powers Back'

Thomas played well against the lowly Mavericks, putting up 22 points six assists off the bench. He also had five turnovers.

Kahron Spearman

Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points with six assists in his debut for the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night and dishing out six assists in a 130-123 defeat to the Dallas Mavericks.

The two-time All-Star seemed suddenly rejuvenated. He was traded with Channing Frye and Cleveland's top-3 protected first-round pick in 2018 for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

I wanted to bring something to the table. I felt like I got my powers back playing on this team.

ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk says that Thomas does prefer to start as rumored but doesn't want to make waves on or off the court for the Lakers, content on fitting in. Head coach Luke Walton knows Thomas wants to start, but wants to merit to prevail.

"He wants to start. Of course he does," Walton told Youngmisuk. "Everybody wants to start. I expect him to really help our team out, and I expect him to be a positive influence on our team and help us win ballgames ... how many times have we changed our starting lineup this year? We are going to reward guys that are playing hard, playing the right way, that are going to help us, in our opinion, give us the best chance of winning ballgames."