Tim Thomas (basketball)

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Tim Thomas
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Personal information
Born (1977-02-26) February 26, 1977 (age 40)
Paterson, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Paterson Catholic
(Paterson, New Jersey)
College Villanova (1996–1997)
NBA draft 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career 1997–2010
Position Small forward / Power forward
Career history
19971999 Philadelphia 76ers
1999–2004 Milwaukee Bucks
2004–2005 New York Knicks
2005–2006 Chicago Bulls
2006 Phoenix Suns
20062008 Los Angeles Clippers
2008–2009 New York Knicks
2009 Chicago Bulls
2009–2010 Dallas Mavericks
Career NBA statistics
Points 9,454 (11.5 ppg)
Rebounds 3,379 (4.1 rpg)
Assists 1,272 (1.5 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Timothy Mark Thomas (born February 26, 1977) is a retired American professional basketball player.

High school and college[edit]

A versatile 6'10" forward with a soft shooting touch, Thomas was tabbed as a future NBA star when he was still in high school, and was selected to the McDonald's All-American team after averaging 25.3 points and 14.5 rebounds per game as a senior at Paterson Catholic High School. Following his freshman year at Villanova University, he was drafted seventh overall by the New Jersey Nets in the 1997 NBA Draft and was immediately traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the Sixers' draft pick (Keith Van Horn).

NBA[edit]

Philadelphia 76ers[edit]

Thomas enjoyed a solid rookie season, averaging 11.0 points per game, and was named to the NBA's All-Rookie 2nd Team. The Sixers would grow impatient with a sophomore slump from Thomas, though, and in 1999 he and Scott Williams were traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Jerald Honeycutt and Tyrone Hill.

Milwaukee Bucks[edit]

Milwaukee was enamored with Thomas's raw talent and versatility, and hoped he could blossom into a star with more seasoning.[1] It looked like things were coming together for Thomas during the 2000–01 season, when he averaged a career-high 13.4 ppg for the Bucks. On January 5, 2001, Thomas connected on eight three-point field goals in the second half of Milwaukee's 119–115 loss to Portland. During his time with the Bucks, then-teammate Ray Allen was quoted as saying, "If he wanted to, Tim Thomas could be the best player in the league."[2] Nevertheless, after a strong playoff performance that year, Thomas signed a new deal with the Bucks worth roughly $66 million over six years, despite being offered more money by Chicago.[3]

New York Knicks[edit]

On February 16, 2004, Thomas was traded to the New York Knicks in a three team trade that also included the Atlanta Hawks.[4] The trade also sent Keith Van Horn, whom Thomas was also traded for during the 1997 draft, from the Knicks to the Bucks, Nazr Mohammed from the Hawks to the Knicks, Joel Pryzbilla from the Bucks to the Hawks, and Michael Doleac from the Knicks to the Hawks.

During game 1 of the Knicks' first round playoff series against the Nets, Thomas suffered an injury that kept him out of the remainder of the playoffs, when he was fouled by Jason Collins and taken out of the game on a stretcher.[5] The incident started a long feud with Nets forward Kenyon Martin, who Thomas called a fake tough guy, that continued past both players' playing careers.[6]

Chicago Bulls[edit]

Prior to the 2005–06 season, Thomas was traded to the Chicago Bulls,[7] along with Jermaine Jackson, Mike Sweetney, a 2006 1st round draft pick, a 2007 1st round draft pick, a 2007 2nd round draft pick and a 2009 2nd round draft pick, in exchange for Eddy Curry, Antonio Davis and a 2007 1st round draft pick.[8]

Playing in the final year of his contract, Thomas was given minimal minutes from the rebuilding Bulls. After playing just three games for Chicago, Thomas was deactivated while dealing with ankle[9] and back injuries.[10] After not playing for nearly four months, Thomas was granted his release from the Bulls.[11]

Phoenix Suns[edit]

On March 1, 2006, Thomas agreed to terms with the Phoenix Suns to a contract for the remainder of the season.[12] He made his debut with the Suns two days later, scoring 20 points off the bench in a 123-118 win over Orlando.[13] Playing alongside reigning NBA MVP Steve Nash (who won a consecutive MVP award that year), Thomas rejuvenated his career in Phoenix.

In the playoffs, Thomas played a crucial role in the Suns run to the Western Conference Finals. Starting in place of injured All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire (who did not play the entirety of the playoffs), Thomas scored a game-high 22 points with 15 rebounds in a game 1 victory in the first round over the Lakers.[14] In game 6, Thomas hit the game-tying three at the end of regulation and an important three-pointer late in overtime to seal the Suns win.[15] The Suns won game 7, overcoming a 3-1 series deficit.[16]

In the Suns' second round series against the Clippers, Thomas was credited for his defense on Elton Brand,[17] helping the team to another seven game series win. In the Western Conference Finals, Phoenix fell to the Dallas Mavericks in six games. In game five of that series, Thomas "blew a kiss" to Maverick Dirk Nowitzki, who then proceeded to score a total of 50 pts for the game. Thomas expressed an interest in re-signing with Phoenix,[18] though the Suns were over the salary cap and expected Stoudemire to return as their starter.[19]

Los Angeles Clippers[edit]

On July 13, 2006, Thomas signed a four–year, $24 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.[20] He frequently started in place of Elton Brand and Chris Kaman, though Thomas himself also battled injuries.

Second stint with New York[edit]

On November 21, 2008, Thomas and Cuttino Mobley were traded to the New York Knicks, in exchange for Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins.[21] In his return to the Knicks, Thomas was reuinted with Mike D'Antoni, who was his coach in Phoenix.

Second stint with Chicago[edit]

On February 19, 2009, Tim was traded yet again to the Bulls along with center Jerome James and guard Anthony Roberson in exchange for guard Larry Hughes just before the trade deadline.[22] His second stint in Chicago was more successful than his first, as he provided veteran leadership to the young team, helping the Bulls make a late season push to qualify for the playoffs. Though entering the playoffs as the seventh seed, they were able to push their first round series against the defending–champion Boston Celtics to a full seven games.

On July 14, 2009, the Bulls negotiated a buyout of Thomas's $6.5 million contract.[23]

Dallas Mavericks[edit]

On July 28, 2009, the Dallas Mavericks signed free agent Thomas. In late January, however, he left the team temporarily to take care of his wife, who had an undisclosed illness.

In August 2010 Thomas agreed to a one-year deal with the Mavericks worth the veteran minimum. In September of that year, however, he told the club that he would not report to the team so that he could care for his sick wife.[24]

Awards[edit]

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
1997–98 Philadelphia 77 48 23.1 .447 .363 .740 3.7 1.2 .7 .2 11.0
1998–99 Philadelphia 17 0 11.1 .403 .263 .792 1.9 .9 .2 .2 4.6
1998–99 Milwaukee 33 26 18.9 .495 .327 .614 2.8 .9 .7 .3 8.5
1999–00 Milwaukee 80 1 26.2 .461 .346 .774 4.2 1.4 .7 .4 11.8
2000–01 Milwaukee 76 16 27.4 .430 .412 .771 4.1 1.8 1.0 .6 12.6
2001–02 Milwaukee 74 22 26.9 .420 .326 .793 4.1 1.4 .9 .4 11.7
2002–03 Milwaukee 80 70 29.5 .443 .366 .780 4.9 1.3 .9 .6 13.3
2003–04 Milwaukee 42 42 32.0 .443 .362 .762 4.9 2.1 1.0 .4 14.1
2003–04 New York 24 23 31.1 .452 .406 .813 4.8 1.4 1.0 .2 15.8
2004–05 New York 71 68 27.3 .439 .409 .786 3.3 1.5 .6 .2 12.0
2005–06 Chicago 3 0 10.7 .375 .167 .000 1.3 .7 .0 .3 4.3
2005–06 Phoenix 26 10 24.4 .435 .429 .667 4.9 .7 .6 .2 11.0
2006–07 L.A. Clippers 76 24 27.0 .414 .382 .708 5.0 2.3 .7 .4 11.0
2007–08 L.A. Clippers 63 51 30.8 .413 .306 .752 5.1 2.7 .6 .5 12.4
2008–09 L.A. Clippers 10 5 22.0 .378 .300 .618 4.6 1.0 .3 .1 9.5
2008–09 New York 36 1 21.5 .461 .421 .806 3.1 1.3 .6 .3 9.6
2008–09 Chicago 18 0 14.1 .400 .442 .700 2.3 .7 .3 .0 5.8
2009–10 Dallas 18 1 15.8 .462 .372 .875 2.3 .8 .6 .1 7.5
Career 824 408 25.9 .437 .369 .758 4.1 1.5 .7 .4 11.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999 Philadelphia 3 3 20.0 .444 .000 .583 4.0 .3 .3 .3 7.7
2000 Milwaukee 5 0 28.4 .492 .333 .824 4.8 2.0 .2 .8 15.4
2001 Milwaukee 18 0 26.6 .448 .431 .815 4.5 1.6 .5 .6 11.3
2003 Milwaukee 6 5 31.8 .462 .571 .719 4.8 1.3 .5 1.0 17.8
2004 New York 1 1 22.0 .400 .000 .800 5.0 3.0 .0 .0 12.0
2006 Phoenix 20 14 31.8 .491 .444 .776 6.3 1.3 .9 .4 15.1
2009 Chicago 2 0 7.5 .300 .250 .000 1.5 .0 .0 .0 3.5
Career 55 23 28.1 .468 .436 .772 5.1 1.4 .6 .5 13.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ With Glenn Robinson gone, Tim Thomas has a chance to prove that he's worth his big contract--and that he can fetch more wins than Big Dog
  2. ^ "There is no doubting Thomas will fill a void". Los Angeles Times. February 21, 2007. 
  3. ^ Thomas Latest To Snub Bulls Plans To Re-sign With Milwaukee
  4. ^ N.Y. gets Thomas, Mohammed; Baker next?
  5. ^ Thomas: K-Mart's act is phony. Sports.espn.go.com (2004-04-22). Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
  6. ^ K-Mart: Thomas' words mean nothing. Sports.espn.go.com (2004-04-22). Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
  7. ^ Bulls' Curry Is Traded to Knicks
  8. ^ New York Knicks Acquire Eddy Curry In Five-Player Deal
  9. ^ http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/?coll=cs-bulls-headlines
  10. ^ http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/cs-051116bullsbits,1,2779267.story?coll=cs-home-headlines
  11. ^ http://www.suntimes.com/output/bulls/cst-spt-bullnt012.html
  12. ^ Suns Acquire Free Agent Tim Thomas
  13. ^ Nash-to-Marion connection lifts Suns over Magic
  14. ^ Thomas equals Bryant in points (22) as Suns win
  15. ^ Suns win in OT, force Game 7 despite Kobe's 50
  16. ^ "Phoenix Clinches Series Over Lakers". NBA. 
  17. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/sports/suns/articles/0514sunsfeat0514.html
  18. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/sports/suns/articles/0627suns0627.html
  19. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/sports/suns/articles/0630suns0630.html
  20. ^ Clippers sign Tim Thomas, second-round draft pick
  21. ^ Knicks not done dealing, pull off trade with Clippers
  22. ^ "Sources: Knicks trade for Bulls' Hughes". Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  23. ^ Bulls buy out Thomas?
  24. ^ Tim Thomas won't play for Mavericks. Sports.espn.go.com (2010-09-15). Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
  25. ^ " HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL;Top Schoolboy Prospect Pressed About the Pros", The New York Times, December 6, 1995. Accessed December 3, 2007.

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