Kenny Thomas (basketball)
|Born||July 25, 1977|
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|College||New Mexico (1995–1999)|
|NBA draft||1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school career
He attended Austin High School, in El Paso, Texas, for three seasons before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico to play for Albuquerque High School during his senior season. Averaging 25.2 points and 16.9 rebounds each game, Thomas helped Albuquerque to a 22-3 record and Class 4A state title. Parade named him a boys' basketball All-American in 1995.
Thomas attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, one of the highest-profile recruits to ever attend the school. He is second on the Lobos' all-time scoring list (1,931 points), career blocks list (239), and career dunks list (114), and leads the school's lists in career rebounds (1,032), freshman scoring (484) and rebounding (256), and personal fouls for a season (118) and career (383). Thomas is one of eight Lobos to be selected as an All-American (1998). Kenny led the Lobos to four consecutive NCAA Tournament first round wins. UNM was an amazing 71-3 in The PIT in Kenny's four years with the Lobos including 41 consecutive wins.
The Houston Rockets selected Thomas as the 22nd pick in the 1999 NBA Draft. He led his team in rebounds for the 1999–2000 season, making him one of only two rookies to do so. Thomas was consistently among the team leaders in rebounds and blocked shots before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2002–03 season.
After basketball Kenny Thomas created Kenny Thomas Enterprises. The organization is operated as a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) and is in good standing in the State of New Mexico and California. Kenny Thomas Enterprises (KTE) is already operational and currently does business in several states. Kenny is the CEO of KTE with a diverse board of supporters and constituents. Kenny has been operating as CEO since 2012 and is also under mentorship of basketball great, Earvin ‘Magic” Johnson. KTE is presently home to Infinity O2 Oxygenated bottled water, KT Athletic Wear, and El Rey On K, which opened in Sacramento in October 2016.
NBA career statistics
|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|
- "Kenny Thomas Career Biography". New Mexico Lobos. September 8, 1999. Archived from the original on January 10, 2001. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
- Wojnarowski, Adrian (February 18, 2010). "Kings cut Thomas after trade deadline". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
- "Transactions: 2010-11 Season". NBA. Archived from the original on March 9, 2011. Retrieved March 5, 2011.