Jason Thompson (basketball)

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Jason Thompson
Jason Thompson Kings.jpg
Thompson with the Kings
No. 34 – Sacramento Kings
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1986-07-21) July 21, 1986 (age 27)
Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (211 cm)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school Lenape (Medford, New Jersey)
College Rider (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Pro playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–present Sacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Jason Carlton Thompson (born July 21, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. He was the starting center of the Rider University men's basketball team until 2008.

College career[edit]

A native of Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey,[1] Thompson led Lenape High School to the 2004 New Jersey Group IV state title.[2]

Thompson is currently listed at 6 feet, 11 inches, and 245 lbs[3] He was one of three players in the NCAA in 2007 to average 20 points, and 10 rebounds per game. The other two were Kevin Durant of Texas and Nick Fazekas of Nevada.

As a senior during the 2007–08 season, Thompson averaged 20.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 1.1 steals per game.[4] His strongest performance was on March 9, 2008 when he scored 32 points and grabbed 18 rebounds against Marist College.[5] He led Rider to the 2008 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament finale against Siena College a day later. Rider fell short in a 74–53 loss in which Thompson registered 22 points and 12 rebounds.[6] Rider finished the regular season and conference tournament schedule with a strong 23–10 record, but still missed an at-large bid to the NIT. However, Rider did receive a bid to the inaugural College Basketball Invitational tournament in 2008. Rider lost its first round game to the Old Dominion University Monarchs 68–65; Thompson finished with 15 points, 17 rebounds and 3 blocks.[7]

Pro career[edit]

He was selected 12th overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2008 NBA Draft.

On June 25, 2012, the Kings extended a qualifying offer to Thompson, making him a restricted free agent.[8] On July 11, 2012, the Kings agreed to re-sign Thompson.

Personal life[edit]

Thompson's younger brother Ryan played guard for the Rider Broncs from 2006 to 2010.

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Staff. "Evands has a less-than-stellar homecoming", The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 16, 2010. Accessed January 30, 2011. "That honor went to one of Evans' teammates, 6–11 Jason Thompson of Mount Laurel and Lenape High."
  2. ^ Carchidi, Sam. "Lenape's Thompson selects Rider", The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 21, 2003. "Senior Jason Thompson, a 6-foot-8 forward/center from Lenape High, has made an oral commitment to attend Rider University on a basketball scholarship, Indians coach Bill Lange announced yesterday." Accessed April 9, 2008.
  3. ^ USAToday - Kings take Thompson with 12th pick. Retrieved on June 28, 2008.
  4. ^ Rider Broncs Statistics - 2007-08
  5. ^ Rider 76, Marist 71 - Recap - March 9, 2008
  6. ^ Fisher lifts Siena to fourth NCAA berth
  7. ^ Old Dominion 68, Rider 65 - Recap - March 18, 2008
  8. ^ "Kings Extend Qualifying Offer To Jason Thompson". NBA.com. June 25, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 

External links[edit]

  • "Jason Thompson". databaseBasketball.com (formerly "BasketballReference.com").