Jamel Thomas

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Jamel Thomas
Personal information
Born (1976-07-19) July 19, 1976 (age 39)
New York, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Abraham Lincoln
(Brooklyn, New York)
College Providence (1995–1999)
NBA draft 1999 / Undrafted
Playing career 1999–2009
Position Guard / Forward
Number 5, 30
Career history
1999 Boston Celtics
1999–2000 Golden State Warriors
2000–2001 Quad City Thunder (CBA)
2001 Memphis Houn'Dawgs (ABA)
2001 New Jersey Nets
2001–2002 Phoenix Eclipse (ABA)
2002–2003 Lauretana Biella (Italy)
2003–2004 Apollon Patras (Greece)
2004–2005 Navigo.it Teramo (Italy)
2005 Panellinios (Greece)
2006 Montepaschi Siena (Italy)
2006–2007 Beşiktaş (Turkey)
2007 Angelico Biella (Italy)
2007–2008 Eldo Napoli (Italy)
2008–2009 Olympia Larissa (Greece)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jamel Thomas (born July 19, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player who played in the NBA. He was a 1.98 m (6'6") guard/forward.

Thomas was born in Brooklyn, New York. He played collegiately for Providence College. Upon his 1999 graduation, he appeared in the NBA in 1999-2000 (3 games for the Boston Celtics and 4 for the Golden State Warriors) and 2000-01 (5 games with the New Jersey Nets), holding career averages of 8.5 minutes, 2.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He was also signed for a brief period by Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers (1999-00) and Utah Jazz (2000–01), but never played for those teams in an NBA game.

Subsequently, after two seasons in the CBA and ABA and his New Jersey spell, Thomas moved overseas, mostly playing for teams in Turkey and Italy. In 2006-07 he played for Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul[1] and Angelico Biella.

Thomas is the older half-brother of NBA point guard Sebastian Telfair.[2] Thomas wrote a book about his life titled The Beautiful Struggle, which was released by Xlibris in late September 2008. In the book, Thomas comments on his half-brother, as well as on cousin Stephon Marbury.[3]


  1. ^ Turkish League profile
  2. ^ Prospect Profile: Sebastian Telfair
  3. ^ Mark Lelinwalla. "Stephon Marbury's cousin Jamel Thomas writes about NBA star." New York Daily News, September 4, 2008. Retrieved on September 5, 2008.

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