Thomas with the Wizards
|Center / Power forward|
April 1, 1978 |
Harlem, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||256 lb (116 kg)|
|High school||Booker T. Washington
|NBA Draft||2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the Dallas Mavericks|
|2009–2010||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Dedreck Etan Thomas, commonly referred to as Etan Thomas (born April 1, 1978 in Harlem, New York), is a retired American professional basketball player who last played for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association.
Etan Thomas played college basketball at Syracuse University from 1996–2000, where he averaged 11 points per game and almost 7 rebounds per game and graduated with a degree in business management. His senior year he was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year. At the end of his Syracuse career, Thomas was drafted 12th overall in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. He also played basketball at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, OK, where he was a teammate of De'mond Parker, R.W. McQuarters and Ryan Humphrey.
Professional career 
Without ever playing a game for the Mavericks, he was traded to the Washington Wizards in 2001 and has averaged 6.7 points and 5.3 rebounds throughout his career.
On July 27, 2009, he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder along with a 2010 second-round draft pick and a conditional 2010 second-round draft pick in exchange for guards Chucky Atkins and Damien Wilkins.
Health concerns 
During the Wizards' training camp for the 2007–08 NBA season, a routine physical examination discovered that he had a leaking aortic valve. On October 11, 2007, Thomas successfully underwent open heart surgery. He returned to play for the Wizards on October 29, 2008, a full year after his surgery. In his first game back, he had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Personal life 
His name is derived from King Akhenaten, an African king.
In 2005, Thomas released a book of poetry titled More Than an Athlete: Poems by Etan Thomas which included works critical of former Wizards head coach Doug Collins.
He is a peace activist; in September 2005, Thomas was one of several celebrities to speak at the anti-war rally in Washington D.C.. He also spoke out at the September 15, 2007 anti-war protest in Washington D.C. He regularly blogs on the Huffington Post.
Thomas actively supported President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. On August 16, 2008, he appeared with Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean at stops in northern Virginia as part of the Democratic National Committee's "Register for Change" bus tour to encourage local voter registration drives. Thomas gave speeches at two stops in Fairfax County (Lee District: Etan Thomas speech) and the City of Alexandria.
NBA career statistics 
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Regular season 
See also 
- "End the NBA draft age limit". Sports.espn.go.com. 2012-04-12. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
- "Source: Deal sends Minnesota Timberwolves' Randy Foye, Mike Miller to Washington Wizards - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
- "Thunder Acquires Thomas From Minnesota". NBA.com. 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
- "The Official Site Of The Atlanta Hawks". Nba.com. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
- The Wizards' Etan Thomas has returned a year after heart surgery SI.com, November 6, 2008
- "NBA.com : Etan Thomas Bio Page". NBA.com. 2012-04-12. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
- "Etan Thomas: In Defense of Barack Obama". Huffingtonpost.com. 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
- Etan Thomas Blogs Huffingtonpost.com
- "NBA Rumors". HoopsHype. 2011-03-17. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Etan Thomas|
- NBA.com Profile - Etan Thomas
- ESPN.com Profile - Etan Thomas
- Basketball-Reference Profile - Etan Thomas
- Etan Thomas on Huffington Post
- OrangeHoops Profile on Etan Thomas
- The Speech Everyone Is Talking About: Etan Thomas Electrifies Anti-War Washington Dave Zirin, Commondreams.org, Sept 27, 2005.