Lance Thomas

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Lance Thomas
Lance Thomas cropped.jpg
Free Agent
Forward
Personal information
Born (1988-04-24) April 24, 1988 (age 26)
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Scotch Plains-Fanwood
(Scotch Plains, New Jersey)
Saint Benedict's
(Newark, New Jersey)
College Duke (2006–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2010–present
Career history
20102011 Austin Toros (D-League)
2011 New Orleans Hornets
2012 Austin Toros (D-League)
20122013 New Orleans Hornets/ Pelicans
2013–2014 Foshan Dralions (China)
Career highlights and awards

Lance Thomas (born April 24, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He last played for the Foshan Dralions of Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). Thomas formerly played for Duke University Blue Devils men's basketball team. He started at power forward for Duke's national champion 2010 team. He is from Scotch Plains, New Jersey but was born in Brooklyn, New York.

High school career[edit]

Thomas attended Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey during his freshman and sophomore years.

While playing for Danny Hurley, former Seton Hall point guard and brother of former Duke point guard Bobby Hurley, at Saint Benedict's Preparatory School from 2004 to 2006, he led the school to two Prep A Division New Jersey State titles while averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game his senior year. He was named to the 2006 McDonald's All-America team, and had nine points and two steals in the McDonald's All-American game.

Thomas later played for the gold medal winning United States Under-18 National Team in 2006.

College career[edit]

In his freshman year, he averaged 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. In his sophomore year, he averaged 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. His career-high in points came on November 28, 2008, when he scored 21 points against Duquesne.[1]

In 2009–10, he and Jon Scheyer were co-captains of the Duke team. He had a career-high 12 rebounds against NC State in January 2010.[1]

Duke won the national championship against the Gordon Hayward led Butler Bulldogs 61–59, with Thomas on the floor after having played 35 minutes of the game, and shot 3–5 from the field.[2] He said:

The last 30 seconds seemed like 10 minutes. When the ball bounced off, confetti came down. I looked up at the confetti, and the next thing I know I'm on my back. Jon (Scheyer) tackled me. At that point, it hit home that we were national champions.[2]

He ended his career 10th on Duke's all-time list in offensive rebounds (255).[3] In 2009–10, he averaged 4.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 25.3 minutes per game. He was also voted to the 2010 ACC All-Defensive team.

Professional career[edit]

2010–11 season[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft, Thomas joined the New Jersey Nets for the 2010 NBA Summer League. On November 1, 2010, he was selected in the second round by the Austin Toros in the 2010 NBA D-League draft.[4]

2011–12 season[edit]

In November 2011, he was re-acquired by the Austin Toros. On December 9, 2011, he signed with the New Orleans Hornets.[5] On December 31, 2011, he was waived by the Hornets.[6]

On January 4, 2012, he was re-acquired by the Austin Toros.[7] On February 6, 2012, the Hornets re-signed Thomas to a 10-day contract.[8] On February 16, 2012, he signed a second 10-day contract.[9] On February 27, 2012, he signed with the Hornets for the rest of the season.[10]

2012–13 season[edit]

In July 2012, Thomas joined the New Orleans Hornets for the 2012 NBA Summer League.[11]

In 2012–13, he played 59 games for the Hornets, averaging 2.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.[12] In April 2013, the Hornets were renamed the Pelicans.

2013–14 season[edit]

In July 2013, Thomas joined the New Orleans Pelicans for the 2013 NBA Summer League.[13] On July 10, 2013, he was waived by the Pelicans.[14] However, he was re-signed on August 22, 2013.[15] On November 12, 2013, he was again waived by the Pelicans.[16]

In December 2013, Thomas signed with the Foshan Dralions of China for the rest of the 2013–14 CBA season.[17]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 New Orleans 42 10 15.0 .452 .000 .839 3.0 .3 .2 .2 4.0
2012–13 New Orleans 59 9 10.9 .500 .000 .729 1.9 .3 .2 .1 2.5
2013–14 New Orleans 5 0 8.4 .222 .000 .500 1.4 .6 .0 .0 1.2
Career 106 19 12.4 .465 .000 .776 2.3 .3 .2 .1 3.0

Personal[edit]

In September 2012, Thomas settled a lawsuit with a New York City jeweler who said that Thomas owed a remaining balance of $67,800 for items he purchased with a $30,000 down payment in December 2009. Thomas was supposed to have paid the rest of the bill within 15 days of the down payment, according to an invoice. The lawsuit launched an NCAA investigation into the transaction[18][19] to determine if Thomas had received extra benefits because of his status as an athlete. In April 2013, the NCAA concluded its investigation and found no evidence of a rule violation.[20]

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