Jason Thompson (basketball)

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Jason Thompson
Jason Thompson Kings.jpg
Thompson with the Kings
No. 34 – Sacramento Kings
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1986-07-21) July 21, 1986 (age 28)
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school Lenape (Medford, New Jersey)
College Rider (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
2008–present Sacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jason Carlton Thompson (born July 21, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was the starting center for the Rider Broncs men's basketball from 2004 to 2008.

College career[edit]

A native of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Thompson led Lenape High School to the 2004 New Jersey Group IV state title.[1][2]

Thompson went on to play four seasons of college basketball for the Rider Broncs men's basketball from 2004 to 2008, where he was one of three players in the NCAA in 2006–07 to average 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. The other two were Kevin Durant of Texas and Nick Fazekas of Nevada.

As a senior during the 2007–08 season, Thompson averaged 20.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.7 blocks and 1.1 steals per game.[3] His strongest performance came on March 9, 2008 when he recorded 32 points and 18 rebounds against Marist College.[4] He led Rider to the 2008 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament finale against Siena College a day later. Rider fell short in a 74–53 loss in which Thompson registered 22 points and 12 rebounds.[5] Rider finished the regular season and conference tournament schedule with a strong 23–10 record, but still missed an at-large bid to the NIT. However, Rider did receive a bid to the inaugural College Basketball Invitational tournament in 2008. Rider lost its first round game to the Old Dominion Monarchs 68–65; Thompson finished with 15 points, 17 rebounds and 3 blocks.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Sacramento Kings (2008–present)[edit]

Thompson was selected with the 12th overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2008 NBA draft. On July 8, 2008, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Kings.[7] As a rookie in 2008–09, he played all 82 games for the Kings while averaging 11.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

On October 25, 2009, the Kings exercised their third-year team option on Thompson's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2010–11 season.[8] He went on to have a career-best season as he averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

On October 25, 2010, the Kings exercised their fourth-year team option on Thompson's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2011–12 season.[9]

On June 25, 2012, the Kings tendered a qualifying offer to make Thompson a restricted free agent.[10] On July 12, 2012, he re-signed with the Kings to a multi-year deal.[11]

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
2008–09 Sacramento 82 56 28.1 .497 .000 .692 7.4 1.1 .6 .7 11.1
2009–10 Sacramento 75 58 31.4 .472 .100 .715 8.5 1.7 .5 1.0 12.5
2010–11 Sacramento 75 39 23.3 .507 .000 .605 6.1 1.2 .4 .6 8.8
2011–12 Sacramento 64 47 25.9 .535 .000 .602 6.9 1.2 .7 .7 9.1
2012–13 Sacramento 82 81 27.9 .502 .000 .694 6.7 1.0 .6 .7 10.9
2013–14 Sacramento 82 61 24.5 .506 .000 .579 6.4 .6 .4 .7 7.1
2014–15 Sacramento 81 63 24.6 .470 .000 .622 6.5 1.0 .4 .7 6.1
Career 541 405 26.5 .497 .037 .655 6.9 1.1 .5 .7 9.4

Personal life[edit]

Thompson's younger brother, Ryan, played also played college basketball for Rider University and went on to play professionally in Europe.[12]

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