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

Jamel Thomas
Personal information
Born (1976-07-19) July 19, 1976 (age 42)
New York City, New York
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolAbraham Lincoln
(Brooklyn, New York)
CollegeProvidence (1995–1999)
NBA draft1999 / Undrafted
Playing career1999–2009
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Number5, 30
Career history
1999Boston Celtics
1999–2000Golden State Warriors
2000–2001Quad City Thunder
2001Memphis Houn'Dawgs
2001New Jersey Nets
2001–2002Phoenix Eclipse
2002–2003Lauretana Biella
2003–2004Apollon Patras
2004– Teramo
2006Montepaschi Siena
2007Angelico Biella
2007–2008Eldo Napoli
2008–2009Olympia Larissa
Career highlights and awards
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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][self-published source]


  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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