Thomas with the Wizards
|Center / Power forward|
April 1, 1978 |
Harlem, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||260 lb (118 kg)|
|High school||Booker T. Washington
|NBA draft||2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the Dallas Mavericks|
|Pro playing career||2000–2011|
|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), is an American retired professional basketball player who played 10 seasons in the NBA.
Thomas played his 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.
Without ever playing a game for the Mavericks, he was traded to the Washington Wizards in 2001. He averaged 4.3 points and 3.9 rebounds throughout the 2001–02 season.
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.
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.
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.
In September 2005, Thomas was one of several celebrities to speak at an 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 posts blogs for 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 and the City of Alexandria.
NBA career statistics
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- "End the NBA draft age limit". ESPN.com. April 12, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
- "Source: Foye, Miller head to Wiz". ESPN.com. June 24, 2009. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
- "Timberwolves trade Etan Thomas, picks to Thunder for Damien Wilkins, Chucky Atkins". InsideHoops.com. July 27, 2009. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
- "Hawks Sign Etan Thomas". NBA.com. September 2, 2010. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
- "Wizards' Thomas back -- as starter, no less -- after heart surgery". SI.com. November 6, 2008. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
- "NBA.com : Etan Thomas Bio Page". NBA.com. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
- Zirin, Dave (September 27, 2005). "The Speech Everyone Is Talking About: Etan Thomas". Commondreams.org. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
- "In Defense of Barack Obama". Huffingtonpost.com. November 2, 2007. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
- Etan Thomas – Huffington Post
- Howard Dean’s Register for Change Bus Tour
- "Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook donates $1,000 per point to Haiti relief". newsok.com. January 23, 2010. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
- Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge – Google
- Lindgren, Michael (July 27, 2012). "“Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge” by Etan Thomas with Nick Chiles". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- Official web page
- Etan Thomas on Huffington Post
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