Tyrus Thomas

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Tyrus Thomas
Tyrus Thomas in 2008.jpg
Thomas in 2008
No. 18 – Iowa Energy
Position Power forward
League NBA Development League
Personal information
Born (1986-08-17) August 17, 1986 (age 28)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 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
2015–present Iowa Energy (D-League)
2015 Memphis Grizzlies
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 currently plays for the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for Louisiana State University before being drafted fourth overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2006 NBA draft. He was then traded to the Chicago Bulls where he went on to play three and a half seasons when in February 2010, he was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats.

High school career[edit]

As a 5'10" freshman, Thomas 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 lb, 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 One later opened up when a JUCO recruit was kicked off his team and his scholarship offer was rescinded.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", 200 lb as a senior, and averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks per game, good enough for the all-second team in Louisiana.

College career[edit]

As a redshirted freshman at LSU in 2005–06, Thomas was the team's starting power forward, and because of his leaping ability, he developed a reputation as an outstanding shot blocker, rebounder and dunker. He was named the SEC Freshman of the Year after averaging 12.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.1 blocks in 32 games (22 starts) while shooting over 60% 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 first round game against No. 13 seed Iona and the second round game against No. 12 seed Texas A&M but he was back to form by LSU's Atlanta Regional semi-final (Sweet 16) matchup against perennial power and overall top seed Duke. In the Duke game, Thomas recorded 9 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks 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, recording 21 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks. These performances earned Thomas the Atlanta Regional's Most Valuable Player award.

Professional 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. He was later traded to the Chicago Bulls for the second overall pick, LaMarcus Aldridge on draft night.

2006–07 season[edit]

Thomas appeared in 72 games his rookie year, with four starts, and averaged 5.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 13.4 minutes per game. He participated in the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Contest, becoming the first Chicago Bulls representative since Scottie Pippen entered the contest in 1990. He tied a season-high 11 rebounds, including the game-winning tip-in with 0.2 seconds to play against Denver Nuggets on March 22. He then posted a career-high 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds against Cleveland Cavaliers on March 31. He subsequently earned NBA All-Rookie second team honors.

2007–08 season[edit]

Thomas appeared in 74 games his sophomore year, with 27 starts, and averaged 6.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. He posted 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks in the second game of the season against the Philadelphia 76ers and went on to finish the season very strong in April with a 24-point performance against the Boston Celtics, a 20-point, 14-rebound performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a 26-point performance in the season finale against the Toronto Raptors.[2]

2008–09 season[edit]

Thomas had a career-best season in 2008–09 as he averaged 10.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.9 blocks in 79 games (61 starts).

2009–10 season[edit]

Thomas with the Chicago Bulls in February 2009.

After what was a career-best season for Thomas in 2008–09, he managed just four games for the Bulls in 2009–10 before fracturing his forearm during practice on November 6, putting him out for four to six weeks. He returned to action on December 26 and came off the bench behind rookie Taj Gibson.[3]

Charlotte Bobcats[edit]

On February 18, 2010, Thomas was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Acie Law, Ronald Murray and a future first-round draft pick.[4]

On July 12, 2010, Thomas re-signed with the Bobcats to a five-year, $40 million deal.[5][6]

On January 25, 2012, in a loss to the Washington Wizards, Thomas recorded a career-high 9 blocked shots, one shy of the franchise record.[7]

On July 10, 2013, Thomas was waived by the Bobcats via the amnesty clause.[8]

Iowa Energy / Memphis Grizzlies[edit]

On January 13, 2015, Thomas was acquired by the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.[9] On January 22, he signed a 10-day contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.[10] Following the expiration of his contract on February 1, he was not offered a second 10-day contract by the Grizzlies[11] and subsequently returned to Iowa two days later.[12]

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
2014–15 Memphis 2 0 3.5 1.000 .000 1.000 .0 .5 .0 .0 2.0
Career 402 129 19.7 .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 highlights[edit]

  • 2007 NBA All-Rookie Second Team[13]
  • NBA Slam Dunk Contest Participant
  • 2006 NCAA Atlanta Region Most Valuable Player
  • 2006 Freshman All-America Team
  • 2006 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2006 SEC Freshman of the Year
  • 2006 NABC All-Freshman 8 Second Team
  • 2006 All-SEC Freshman Team

Personal[edit]

Thomas is known for his extensive tattoo work. He was introduced to tattoos by his mother who brought him to a tattoo artist when he was in tenth grade. 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".[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tyrus Thomas NBA Draft Profile
  2. ^ Tyrus Thomas 2007-08 Game Log
  3. ^ Tyrus Thomas 2009-10 Game Log
  4. ^ "Bobcats acquire Tyrus Thomas from Bulls". NBA.com. February 18, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bobcats Re-Sign Tyrus Thomas". NBA.com. July 12, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Bobcats, Thomas agree to 5-year deal". ESPN.com. July 9, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Recap: Wizards Crash Thomas' Block Party". NBA.com. January 25, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bobcats Waive Forward Tyrus Thomas, Designate Him as Amnesty Player". NBA.com. July 13, 2013. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Energy Acquire Tyrus Thomas". NBA.com. January 13, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies sign Tyrus Thomas to 10-day contract". NBA.com. January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  11. ^ Wojnarowski, Adrian (February 1, 2015). "Sources: Grizzlies signing JaMychal Green to 10-day contract". Yahoo.com. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Iowa Energy Re-Acquire Tyrus Thomas". OurSportsCentral.com. February 3, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  13. ^ Roy Headlines 2006-07 NBA T-Mobile All-Rookie Team
  14. ^ Tattoo U: Inking of Charlotte Bobcats Forward Tyrus Thomas

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