Kurt Thomas (basketball)
Kurt Vincent Thomas (born October 4, 1972) is an American retired professional basketball player. Thomas is a 6'9", 230 lb. power forward-center known for his hard-nosed playing style and tough defense during his eight year tenure with the New York Knicks. Drafted by the Miami Heat in 1995, Thomas played college basketball at Texas Christian University.
Thomas in 2009
|Born||October 4, 1972|
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||Hillcrest (Dallas, Texas)|
|NBA draft||1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall|
|Selected by the Miami Heat|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|1998–2005||New York Knicks|
|2008–2009||San Antonio Spurs|
|2011–2012||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2012–2013||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||8,973 (8.1 ppg)|
|Rebounds||7,328 (6.6 rpg)|
|Assists||1,204 (1.1 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school and collegeEdit
Kurt began his basketball career on the playgrounds at Dallas Birdie Alexander Elementary, D.A. Hulcy Middle School, and there after on to Dallas Carter High before transferring to Hillcrest High.Thomas grew up in Dallas, and after graduating from Dallas's Hillcrest High School, he attended Texas Christian University, where he led the NCAA Division I in scoring and rebounding in the 1994–95 season with 28.9 PPG and 14.6 RPG, becoming only the third player in history to accomplish this feat (the other two being Hank Gathers and Xavier McDaniel).
Miami Heat (1995-1997)Edit
Thomas began his NBA career with the Miami Heat from 1995 to 1997. In his rookie season, he started 42 of his 74 games played. The following season, he only played 18 games before suffering a stress fracture in his right ankle, which required surgery. He would miss the rest of the season. During his rehab, Thomas, along with Sasha Danilović and Martin Müürsepp, were traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Jamal Mashburn.
Dallas Mavericks (1997-1998)Edit
Thomas's playing career with Dallas was short. He only played 5 games before suffering another stress fracture in the same ankle he had previously injured. This placed him on the injured list for the remainder of the season. Then-coach and general manager Don Nelson went out of his way to hire Thomas as an assistant coach. In the offseason, Thomas decided to become a free agent, signing with the New York Knicks.
New York Knicks (1998–2005)Edit
Thomas played seven seasons with the New York Knicks from 1998 to 2005, during which the team went to the playoffs four times, including two trips to the Eastern Conference Finals (1999 and 2000) and one trip to the NBA Finals (1999).
Phoenix Suns (2005–2007)Edit
Seattle SuperSonics (2007–2008)Edit
On July 20, 2007, Thomas, along with the Suns' first-round draft choices in 2008 and 2010, was traded by the Suns to the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for a conditional second-round draft choice and an $8 million trade exception.
San Antonio Spurs (2008–2009)Edit
Milwaukee Bucks (2009–2010)Edit
Chicago Bulls (2010–2011)Edit
On July 26, 2010, the Chicago Bulls announced that they had signed Kurt Thomas. Because of injuries to the Bulls' starting center Joakim Noah and power forward Carlos Boozer, Kurt Thomas saw some significant playing time, including 37 starts. When Noah and Boozer came back, he experienced minimal playing time with Ömer Aşık playing in front of him on the bench. Although his playing time was slim during this span, Kurt Thomas won the appeal of Chicago fans with some emphatic highlights which were referred to as "Turning back the Clock" and eventually earned him the nickname "Big Sexy". Thomas averaged more than 20 minutes per game during the 2010-11 season along with 4.1 points and 5.8 rebounds.
Portland Trail Blazers (2011–2012)Edit
On December 11, 2011, the Portland Trail Blazers signed Thomas for the shortened 2011-2012 season. Though terms for the deal were not disclosed officially, it was reported to be a two-year contract.
Return to the Knicks (2012–2013)Edit
On July 16, 2012, Thomas and Raymond Felton were traded to the New York Knicks for Jared Jeffries, Dan Gadzuric, the rights to Kostas Papanikolaou and Giorgos Printezis, and a second round draft pick. On April 12, 2013, the Knicks waived Thomas.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|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|
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- Suns gain $8M trade exception by trading Thomas, posted July 20, 2007
- Spurs get Thomas from Sonics for Barry, Elson
- "Bucks source confirms Jefferson deal". 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2010-07-24.
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- "Team adds NBA veteran to frontcourt". 2011-12-11. Archived from the original on 2012-01-19.
- "Blazers to add Kurt Thomas". 2011-12-11.
- KNICKS ACQUIRE FELTON & THOMAS Archived April 19, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
- New York Knicks waive Kurt Thomas