Jim Thomas (basketball)

James Edward Thomas (born October 19, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player. He was a 6'3", 190 lb (86 kg) shooting guard.

Jim Thomas
Atlanta Hawks
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
Born (1960-10-19) October 19, 1960 (age 59)
Lakeland, Florida
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolNova (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
CollegeIndiana (1979–1983)
NBA draft1983 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Playing career1983–1994
PositionShooting guard
Number16, 21, 20
Career history
As player:
19831985Indiana Pacers
1985Evansville Thunder
1985Los Angeles Clippers
1985–1986Kansas City Sizzlers
1987–1988Calgary 88's
1988–1989Rapid City Thrillers
1989Ferro Carril Oeste
1989–1990Rapid City Thrillers
1990Minnesota Timberwolves
1990–1992Omaha Racers
1992Calgary 88's
1992–1993Omaha Racers
1993–1994Baloncesto Murcia
As coach:
1996–1999Toronto Raptors (assistant)
2001–2004Indiana (assistant)
2013–presentAtlanta Hawks (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

High schoolEdit

Thomas played competitively at Nova High School, in Davie, Florida.

College careerEdit

Thomas played college basketball at Indiana University, from 1979–1983. While playing for head coach Bobby Knight at Indiana, he was the sixth man on the 1981 national championship team, and also made the 1981 Final Four All Tournament Team, after grabbing nine rebounds off the bench, in place of foul-plagued starter Ted Kitchel, in the 63–50 title game win over North Carolina.

Professional careerEdit

Thomas played professionally in the NBA, with the Indiana Pacers, L.A. Clippers, and Minnesota Timberwolves, from 1983–1990.

He also played with several teams in the CBA including the Omaha Racers when they won the 1993 CBA Championship.

United States national teamEdit

Thomas played with the US national team at the 1982 FIBA World Championship, winning the silver medal.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

Thomas has worked as an assistant coach or scout for several NBA teams. In 2013, he joined the Atlanta Hawks' coaching staff.[2]


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