Tim Thomas (basketball)
|Small forward / Power forward|
February 26, 1977 |
Paterson, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||Paterson Catholic
(Paterson, New Jersey)
|NBA draft||1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall|
|Selected by the New Jersey Nets|
|Pro playing career||1997–2010|
|2004–2005||New York Knicks|
|2006–2008||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2008–2009||New York Knicks|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
- 1 High school and college
- 2 NBA
- 3 Awards
- 4 NBA career statistics
- 5 References
- 6 External links
High school and college
A versatile 6'10" forward with a soft shooting touch, Thomas was tabbed as a future NBA star when he was still in high school, and was selected to the McDonald's All-American team after averaging 25.3 points and 14.5 rebounds per game as a senior at Paterson Catholic High School. Following his freshman year at Villanova University, he was drafted seventh overall by the New Jersey Nets in the 1997 NBA Draft and was immediately traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the Sixers' draft pick (Keith Van Horn).
Thomas enjoyed a solid rookie season, averaging 11.0 points per game, and was named to the NBA's All-Rookie 2nd Team. The Sixers would grow impatient with a sophomore slump from Thomas, though, and in 1999 he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Milwaukee was enamored with Thomas' raw talent and versatility, and hoped he could blossom into a star with more seasoning. It looked like things were coming together for Thomas during the 2000–01 season, when he averaged a career-high 13.4 ppg for the Bucks. On January 5, 2001, Thomas connected on eight three-point field goals in the second half of Milwaukee's 119–115 victory over Portland. During his time with the Bucks, then-teammate Ray Allen was quoted as saying, "If he wanted to, Tim Thomas could be the best player in the league." Nevertheless, after a strong playoff performance that year, Thomas signed a new deal worth roughly $66 million over six years.
New York Knicks
In 2004 he was traded for Van Horn again, this time to the New York Knicks. Thomas' 1st tour of duty with the Knicks was rather nondescript (his most notable incident was after a playoff game against the New Jersey Nets, when he referred to Kenyon Martin as "fugazy"), and on the eve of training camp in 2005 he was traded to the Chicago Bulls (along with Michael Sweetney) in a package that brought Eddy Curry to New York.
Rather than dealing with Thomas' questionable conditioning habits and locker-room presence, Chicago chose to send him home for good in late 2005 and officially waived him in March 2006; he would finish that year with Phoenix.
After bouncing around from team to team, Thomas rejuvenated his career in the 2006 playoffs, playing alongside two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash. On May 4, 2006, at Los Angeles in game 6 of the first round of the Western Conference divisional playoffs, Thomas hit a crucial game-tying three pointer with 6 seconds left in regulation to spare the 2nd seeded Phoenix Suns from elimination against the 7th seeded Los Angeles Lakers. The Suns went on to win that game in the overtime period when Thomas hit another important three-pointer to force a game 7; a game which they won by 31 points to claim the series and complete the 3–1 series comeback. With the Suns, he became known as the one who helped knock both the Lakers and the Clippers out of the playoffs, before the team eventually lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals.
Los Angeles Clippers
After his brilliant playoff performance, Thomas signed a four-year, $24 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on July 13, 2006. He played solid (if unspectacular) basketball for the Clippers, but again failed to live up to his high playoff standards, and was subsequently traded to the New York Knicks again on November 21, 2008.
New York Knicks
Upon arriving in New York again, Thomas was reunited with Mike D'Antoni, who coached the Suns in 2006.
On July 14, 2009, the Bulls negotiated a buyout of Thomas' $6.5 million contract.
On July 28, 2009, the Dallas Mavericks signed free agent Thomas. In late January, however, he left the team temporarily to take care of his wife, who had an undisclosed illness.
In August 2010 Thomas agreed to a one-year deal with the Mavericks worth the veteran minimum. In September of that year, however, he told the club that he would not report to the team so that he could care for his sick wife.
- Thomas was on the Second NBA All-Rookie Team in 1997–98 season.
- He won the The Sporting News Freshman of the Year during the 1996–97 season.
- Was three-time All American at Paterson Catholic High School in Paterson, New Jersey.
NBA career statistics
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|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- "There is no doubting Thomas will fill a void". Los Angeles Times. February 21, 2007.
- Thomas: K-Mart's act is phony. Sports.espn.go.com (2004-04-22). Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
- K-Mart: Thomas' words mean nothing. Sports.espn.go.com (2004-04-22). Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
- "Sources: Knicks trade for Bulls' Hughes". Retrieved 2009-02-19.
- Tim Thomas won't play for Mavericks. Sports.espn.go.com (2010-09-15). Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
- " HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL;Top Schoolboy Prospect Pressed About the Pros", The New York Times, December 6, 1995. Accessed December 3, 2007.