Tyrus Thomas

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Tyrus Thomas
Tyrus Thomas in 2008.jpg
Thomas in 2008.
Free Agent
Forward
Personal information
Born (1986-08-17) August 17, 1986 (age 28)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school McKinley (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
College LSU (2005–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 2006–present
Career history
20062010 Chicago Bulls
20102013 Charlotte Bobcats
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Tyrus Wayne Thomas (born August 17, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA.

High school career[edit]

In high school, Thomas was only 5'10" as a freshman. Thomas then tried out for his varsity basketball team but was cut. He only played organized basketball in his junior and senior years at McKinley High School in Baton Rouge, but never really built up enough recruiting hype to be considered a top 100 prospect. As a junior he was a mere 6-6 and 190 pounds, and when he officially committed to LSU, they did not initially have a scholarship for him. One later opened up when a JUCO recruit was kicked off his team and his scholarship offer was rescinded. Thomas grew to 6-7 ½, 200 pounds as a high school senior, and averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks per game, good enough for the all-second team in Louisiana.

College career[edit]

In the 2005–06 season, Thomas was a redshirt freshman and moved into the starting lineup as a power forward. Because of his leaping ability, Thomas developed a reputation as an outstanding shot blocker, rebounder, and dunker during his time at LSU. Thomas was named SEC Freshman of the Year following a 2005–06 campaign in which he took the Tigers by storm by when he averaged 12.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.1 blocks in 26 minutes per game on over 60% shooting from the field. Thomas was also recognized as the NCAA Atlanta Region MVP in the NCAA Tournament after combining for 30 points against the likes of Duke and Texas.[1]

2006 NCAA Tournament[edit]

Thomas entered the 2006 NCAA Tournament still recovering from a sprained ankle suffered in the February 26 game against Kentucky that caused him to miss the last two regular-season games and the SEC Tournament. However, the injury did not hamper him as he continued the pattern of the regular season, his performances in the 2006 NCAA Tournament improved with every passing game as #4 seed LSU advanced to their first Final Four since 1986. His minutes were somewhat limited by the injury in the 1st round game against No. 13 seed Iona and the 2nd round game against No. 12 seed Texas A&M but he was back to form by LSU's Atlanta Regional Semifinal (Sweet 16) matchup against perennial power and overall top seed Duke. In the Duke game, Thomas scored 9 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and blocked 5 shots despite being limited to 25 minutes due to early foul trouble as LSU held Duke to a 27.7 percent field goal percentage and only 54 points, the school's lowest output since 1996. Thomas was even more dominant in the Regional Final (Elite Eight) win against No. 2 seed Texas, scoring 21 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, and blocking three shots. These performances earned Thomas the Atlanta Regional's Most Valuable Player award.

NBA career[edit]

Chicago Bulls[edit]

On April 17, 2006, Thomas announced his intention to enter the NBA Draft, and signed with an agent, removing his college eligibility. On June 28, 2006, Thomas was drafted fourth overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Thomas was then traded along with forward Viktor Khryapa to the Chicago Bulls for forward-center LaMarcus Aldridge, the second overall pick in that same draft.

2006–2007[edit]

Thomas appeared in 72 games his rookie year, with four starts, and averaged 5.2 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, 1.06 blocks per game, 13.4 minutes per game, .475 field goal percentage, and a .606 free throw percentage. Thomas tied a season-high with 11 boards, including the game-winning tip-in with :00.2 seconds to play against Denver Nuggets on March 22. He then posted 10 games of 10 points and had two double-doubles. He posted a career-high 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds versus Cleveland Cavaliers on March 31.[2] It was announced on Feb. 5, 2007, that Thomas would participate in the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Contest. He would be the first Chicago Bulls representative since Scottie Pippen entered the contest in 1990.[3]

2007–2008[edit]

Thomas appeared in 74 games his sophomore year, starting in 27 of them, and averaged 6.8 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, 1.2 assists per game, 0.97 blocks per game, 18.0 minutes per game, 42.3 field goal percentage and a 74.1 free throw percentage. Thomas posted 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks in the second game of the season versus the Philadelphia 76ers. Tyrus finished the season very strong in April with a 24 point performance versus the Boston Celtics, a 20 point, 14 rebound, 3 block performance versus Cleveland, and a 26 point performance in the season finale versus Toronto Raptors.[4]

2009–2010[edit]

Thomas with the Chicago Bulls.

Thomas played in 4 games to start the 2009 season; however he fractured his forearm during workouts on November 6, putting him out for 4–6 weeks. Thomas was replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Taj Gibson. On February 18, 2010, he was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats for Ronald "Flip" Murray, Acie Law, and a future first round draft pick.[5]

Charlotte Bobcats[edit]

2010–2011[edit]

In the off-season, he became a restricted free agent as he was extended a qualifying offer. On July 12, 2010, he was re-signed by the Bobcats to a deal worth $ 40 million for 5 years.[6]

2011–2012[edit]

On January 25, 2012, in a loss to the Washington Wizards, Thomas set a career high by blocking 9 shots, one shy of the franchise record.

Release[edit]

On July 10, 2013, it was announced that Thomas was waived by the Charlotte Bobcats via the one-time amnesty clause.[7]

Personal information[edit]

Thomas is known for his extensive tattoo work. He was introduced to tattoos by his mother who brought him to a tattoo artist while he was in tenth grade. His first tattoo displays his name. Although he was a minor when he got his first tattoo and he is self-described as "very pro-tattoos," as an adult he has done a complete 180 and is now "anti- kids and tattoos".[8]

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
2006–07 Chicago 72 4 13.4 .475 .000 .606 3.7 .6 .6 1.1 5.2
2007–08 Chicago 74 27 18.0 .423 .167 .741 4.6 1.2 .6 1.0 6.8
2008–09 Chicago 79 61 27.5 .451 .333 .783 6.5 1.0 1.2 1.9 10.8
2009–10 Chicago 29 3 23.4 .483 .000 .644 6.3 1.1 1.4 1.7 8.8
2009–10 Charlotte 25 0 21.7 .442 .000 .729 6.1 .9 .9 1.5 10.1
2010–11 Charlotte 41 2 21.0 .471 .000 .787 5.5 .7 .7 1.6 10.2
2011–12 Charlotte 54 30 18.8 .367 .333 .759 3.7 .6 .7 1.1 5.6
2012–13 Charlotte 26 2 13.8 .353 .375 .839 2.3 .7 .5 .6 4.8
Career 400 129 19.8 .438 .235 .732 4.8 .9 .8 1.3 7.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007 Chicago 10 0 12.2 .390 .000 .633 3.4 .6 1.0 .5 5.1
2009 Chicago 7 7 27.9 .438 .000 .786 6.3 .9 1.0 2.9 9.6
2010 Charlotte 4 0 17.0 .625 .000 .833 5.5 .5 .5 .5 8.8
Career 21 7 18.3 .457 .000 .700 4.8 .7 .9 1.3 7.3

Career highs[edit]

  • Points: 27 vs. Cleveland 03/31/07
  • Rebounds: 16 vs. L.A. Lakers 03/21/09
  • Assists: 5 4 times
  • Steals: 6 vs. Detroit 01/11/10
  • Blocks: 9 vs. Washington 01/25/12

Career accomplishments[edit]

  • 2006–07 NBA All-Rookie Second Team[9]
  • NBA Sprite Slam Dunk Participant
  • 2006 NCAA Atlanta Region Most Outstanding Player
  • 2006 Freshman All-America Team
  • 2006 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the year
  • 2006 SEC Freshman of the Year
  • NABC All Freshman 8 Second Team
  • 2006 All-SEC Freshman Team[10]

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