Dijon Thompson

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Dijon Thompson
No. 21 – BC Nizhny Novgorod
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League VTB United League
Personal information
Born (1983-03-23) March 23, 1983 (age 31)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Listed weight 193.6 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Redondo Union
(Redondo Beach, California)
College UCLA (2001–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro playing career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2006 Phoenix Suns
2005 Albuquerque Thunderbirds
2007 Atlanta Hawks
2007–2008 ALBA Berlin
2008–2009 Azovmash Mariupol
2009–2010 Hapoel Jerusalem
2010–2011 Spartak St. Petersburg
2011–2012 ASVEL Basket
2012–present Nizhny Novgorod
Career highlights and awards

Dijon Lynn Thompson (born March 23, 1983) is an American professional basketball player. While he played mainly at the shooting guard position in his early career, he proved he can also play as a small forward, during his European years.


Thompson was a standout at UCLA having an all time scoring average of 15.6 points per game including 18.4 as a junior. He scored a career-high 39 points against Arizona State on February 10, 2005.[1]

Thompson declared for the NBA draft after the conclusion of his junior year, but withdrew to return for his senior season. That year he led the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament after a two-year absence.


Thompson was chosen by the New York Knicks in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft (54th pick overall), being soon traded along with forward-center Kurt Thomas to the Phoenix Suns, in exchange for guard Quentin Richardson, the draft rights to guard Nate Robinson and cash considerations. On November 4, 2005 the Suns assigned him to the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBA D-League where he averaged 20.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game.

In March 2006, Thompson underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee, causing him to sit out the rest of the season. He also took part in 2006–07's preseason, but was not offered a contract.

On January 6, 2007, Thompson was signed to a 10-day contract by the Atlanta Hawks.[2]

European career[edit]

On July 27, 2007, Thompson signed a one-year contract with ALBA Berlin.[3] ALBA and Thompson agreed to part ways in May 2008.[4][5]

On June 10, 2008, Thompson signed a contract with Azovmash Mariupol.[6]

On September 4, 2009, Thompson signed a 2-year contract with Hapoel Jerusalem B.C..[7]

He played the 2010-11 season for BC Spartak Saint Petersburg in the Russian Professional Basketball League.

In July 2011 he signed a one-year contract with ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne in France.[8] The next season, he signed with BC Nizhny Novgorod of the Russian Professional Basketball League.[9]


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