Rod Thorn

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Rod Thorn
Rod Thorn.jpg
Thorn from The Monticola, 1963
Personal information
Born (1941-05-23) May 23, 1941 (age 77)
Princeton, West Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Princeton (Princeton, West Virginia)
College West Virginia (1960–1963)
NBA draft 1963 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Baltimore Bullets
Playing career 1963–1971
Position Guard
Number 44, 10, 22
Career history
As player:
1963–1964 Baltimore Bullets
19641965 Detroit Pistons
19651967 St. Louis Hawks
19671971 Seattle SuperSonics
As coach:
1975–1976 Spirits of St. Louis
1981–1982 Chicago Bulls
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As executive:

Career statistics
Points 5,012 (10.8 ppg)
Rebounds 1,463 (3.1 rpg)
Assists 1,214 (2.6 apg)
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame

Rodney King Thorn (born May 23, 1941) is an American basketball executive and a former player and coach.


Thorn attracted nationwide attention after a high school basketball career at Princeton High School in his hometown of Princeton, West Virginia that saw him average more than 30 points per game as a senior. He was a three-time all-state selection and was a two-time High School All-American.[1] He was also a highly regarded high school athlete in baseball.[citation needed]

Thorn attended West Virginia University, where he was an All-American guard in basketball, as well as playing three seasons on the WVU baseball team.[2]

In the 1963 NBA draft, Thorn was the second player selected overall, drafted by the Baltimore Bullets.[3] He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team, but was traded by the Bullets following his first season.[citation needed] After brief stints with Detroit[citation needed] and St. Louis[citation needed], he concluded his career as a player with the Seattle SuperSonics (1967–71).[citation needed]

After retiring, Thorn stayed with the SuperSonics as assistant coach and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in political science.[citation needed]

In 1973, former teammate Kevin Loughery hired Thorn as assistant coach of the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association.[citation needed] The Nets won the 1974 ABA championship, led by Julius Erving.[4]

Thorn later became head coach of another ABA team, the Spirits of St. Louis in 1975, but after a 20-27 start he was fired in the middle of the season in December 1975 and replaced by Joe Mullaney for the remainder of the season.

In 1978, Thorn became the general manager of the Chicago Bulls and was instrumental in the team's selection of Michael Jordan in the 1984 draft.[5] He also selected track star Carl Lewis much later in the same draft, mostly for publicity purposes; Lewis would never play for the Bulls.[6] Thorn served briefly as interim head coach of the Bulls in 1981–82.[citation needed]

From 1986 to 2000 Thorn was the NBA's Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, serving as the league's chief disciplinarian.[7]

Thorn rejoined the Nets organization on June 2, 2000, and he was named the NBA Executive of the Year in 2002 after the Nets advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.[8] During the 2010 offseason, Rod Thorn announced he would step down from the Nets' organization.

On August 11, 2010, Thorn was hired as president of the 76ers, taking over the title from Ed Stefanski, who remained with the team as the general manager.[9]

On October 18, 2011, prior to a press conference introducing the 76ers' new ownership group, it was announced that Stefanski was leaving the organization and Thorn would be both president and general manager. In 2012, Tony DiLeo was named the team's general manager, but Thorn retained his title as president.[10]

On July 10, 2013, the NBA announced that Rod Thorn had been named President of Basketball Operations, effective August 1, after Stu Jackson decided to step down.[11]

On April 26, 2014 Thorn, on behalf of the NBA, suspended Wizard Nene Hilario from game 4 of the first round of the NBA playoffs. The suspension came following an incident in game three of the series, in which Nene was ejected for putting his hands on the head of Bulls player Jimmy Butler.[12]

On September 7, 2018, Thorn was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor.[13]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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]

1963–64 Baltimore 75 34.6 .405 .731 4.8 3.7 14.4
1964–65 Detroit 74 23.9 .427 .724 3.6 2.2 11.0
1965–66 Detroit 27 30.2 .417 .732 3.7 2.4 13.9
1965–66 St. Louis 46 20.1 .423 .690 2.4 1.8 8.8
1966–67 St. Louis 67 17.4 .445 .727 2.4 1.8 8.8
1967–68 Seattle 66 25.3 .451 .737 4.0 3.5 15.2
1968–69 Seattle 29 19.6 .463 .732 2.9 2.8 11.5
1969–70 Seattle 19 5.5 .444 .625 0.8 0.9 2.9
1970–71 Seattle 63 12.2 .472 .676 1.6 2.9 5.6
Career 466 22.3 .433 .723 3.1 2.6 10.8


1966 St. Louis 10 11.9 .308 .778 1.7 1.0 3.8
1967 St. Louis 9 17.3 .429 .926 3.1 1.2 10.1
Career 19 14.5 .388 .867 2.4 1.1 6.8


  1. ^ reports, From staff. "Report: Rod Thorn to be named to Basketball Hall of Fame". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  2. ^ "Thorn was a two-sport standout at WVU | News, Sports, Jobs - Journal News". Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  3. ^ "Rod Thorn to be presented with Basketball Hall of Fame lifetime achievement award | Chicago Bulls". Chicago Bulls. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  4. ^ "50 YEARS OF NETS HISTORY: 1974 ABA Champions | Brooklyn Nets". Brooklyn Nets. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  5. ^ Johnson, K.C. "Rod Thorn set to enter Hall of Fame with more than drafting Michael Jordan on his resume". Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  6. ^ Bannon, Tim. "Olympian Carl Lewis recalls Bulls drafting him in 1984: 'Amazing'". Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  7. ^ "Rod Thorn, President of Basketball Operations". Philadelphia 76ers. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  8. ^ Rod Thorn bio
  9. ^ "Ex-Nets executive Thorn named 76ers president". 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  10. ^ Tony DiLeo named 76ers general manager
  11. ^ Stu Jackson steps down, replaced by Rod Thorn
  12. ^ "Wizards' Nene suspended for Game 4 after altercation with Chicago's Jimmy Butler". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  13. ^ "Hall of Fame Welcomes Jason Kidd and Rod Thorn | Brooklyn Nets". Brooklyn Nets. Retrieved 2018-09-15.

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