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Etan Thomas
Etan Thomas
Etan Thomas.jpg
Thomas with the Wizards in 2008
Personal information
Born (1978-04-01) April 1, 1978 (age 42)
Manhattan, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High schoolBooker T. Washington
(Tulsa, Oklahoma)
CollegeSyracuse (1996-2000)
NBA draft2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Playing career2000-2011
PositionCenter / Power forward
Number36
Career history
2001-2009Washington Wizards
2009-2010Oklahoma City Thunder
2010-2011Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points2,341 (5.7 ppg)
Rebounds1,927 (4.7 rpg)
Blocks427 (1.0 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Dedrick Etan Thomas (born April 1, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player who played for the Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is also a published poet, freelance writer, activist, and motivational speaker, as well as a co-host of Centers of Attention, a sports talk show on ESPN Radio Syracuse in Syracuse, New York, alongside former professional basketball player Danny Schayes.

Early life

His name is derived from the 18th dynasty "heretic pharaoh" Akhenaten, an ancient Egyptian king.[1]

Career

College

Thomas played his college basketball at Syracuse University from 1996 to 2000, where he averaged 11 points per game and almost 7 rebounds per game and graduated with a degree in business management.[2][3] In his sophomore season he was named the Big East Most Improved Player; in his junior and senior years he was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year. At the end of his Syracuse career, Thomas was drafted 12th overall in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. He also played basketball at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, OK, where he was a teammate of De'mond Parker, R.W. McQuarters and Ryan Humphrey.

Professional career

Without ever playing a game for the Mavericks, he was traded to the Washington Wizards in 2001. He averaged 4.3 points and 3.9 rebounds throughout the 2001-02 season.

During the Wizards' training camp for the 2007-08 NBA season, a routine physical examination discovered that he had a leaking aortic valve. On October 11, 2007, Thomas successfully underwent open heart surgery. He returned to play for the Wizards on October 29, 2008, a full year after his surgery. In his first game back, he had 10 points and eight rebounds.[4]

On June 23, 2009, he was traded along with Oleksiy Pecherov, Darius Songaila, and a first-round draft pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Randy Foye and Mike Miller.[5]

On July 27, 2009, he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder along with a 2010 second-round draft pick and a conditional 2010 second-round draft pick in exchange for guards Chucky Atkins and Damien Wilkins.[6]

On September 2, 2010, it was announced that the Atlanta Hawks had signed Thomas.[7]

Other work

In the summer of 2011, Thomas starred in the dramatic production of Our Town by Thorton Wilder, alongside former Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas and Jared Jeffries, as well as Boost Mobile spokesman Faizon Love.[8]

In 2005, Thomas released a book of poetry titled More Than an Athlete: Poems by Etan Thomas which included works critical of former Wizards head coach Doug Collins.[9]

In 2012, Thomas co-authored the autobiography Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge, which he discusses his fatherless childhood and the importance of fatherhood.[10][11]

Thomas is also an active member of First Baptist Church of Glenarden located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He had plans to co-direct a Nike Basketball Camp at the FBCG Family Life Center in the summer of 2020 but due to social distancing guidelines it was postponed until summer 2021.[12]

Political activism and social causes

Thomas says that he became an oralist when, after he was detained and humiliated by police officers in high school, his speech teacher had him sort and verbalize his feelings into a speech. The Tulsa World Newspaper published a story on his experience.[13] His mother spoke with him about activists who used their positions as athletes to amplify their reach, such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, and Jim Brown.[13]

In his book, More Than an Athlete, Thomas discusses how the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) runs as a business, and not to the service of the student athletes. After his wife was injured in college, the NCAA fought to take away her scholarship, and therefore, her ability to pay for and attend college.[13] He points out the hypocrisy in an organization who makes billions a year and claims that there is not enough funding available for their main sources of profit, the athletes.[13]

In September 2005, Thomas was one of several celebrities to speak at an anti-war rally in Washington, D.C.[14] He also spoke out at the September 15, 2007 anti-war protest in Washington D.C.[15] He blogs for The Huffington Post.[16][17] Thomas said he was inclined to be against the Iraq War, as he felt there was no clear reason to invade the country and the fact that some of his brother's friends who were deployed to Iraq, and upon learning about how terrified they were, decided to begin speaking out.[13]

Thomas actively supported Barack Obama's 2008 campaign for U.S. president. On August 16, 2008, he appeared with Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean at stops in northern Virginia as part of the Democratic National Committee's "Register for Change" bus tour to encourage local voter registration drives. Thomas gave speeches at two stops in Fairfax County[18] and the City of Alexandria.

In January 2010, Thomas donated $30,000 to the Haiti relief efforts after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[19]

Thomas is an advocate against police brutality.[13]

NBA career statistics

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001-02 Washington 47 0 13.1 .536 -- .554 3.9 .1 .4 .7 4.3
2002-03 Washington 38 0 13.5 .492 -- .638 4.3 .1 .2 .6 4.8
2003-04 Washington 79 15 24.1 .489 -- .647 6.7 .9 .5 1.6 8.9
2004-05 Washington 47 10 20.8 .502 -- .528 5.2 .4 .4 1.1 7.1
2005-06 Washington 71 9 15.8 .533 -- .600 3.9 .2 .3 1.0 4.7
2006-07 Washington 65 32 19.2 .574 -- .558 5.8 .4 .3 1.4 6.1
2008-09 Washington 26 7 11.8 .485 -- .696 2.5 .2 .1 .7 3.1
2009-10 Oklahoma City 23 1 14.0 .456 -- .591 2.8 .0 .2 .7 3.3
2010-11 Atlanta 13 0 6.3 .476 -- .800 1.8 .2 .1 .3 2.5
Career 409 74 17.3 .513 -- .603 4.8 .4 .3 1.0 5.7

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005 Washington 8 0 15.8 .655 -- .455 4.5 .3 .0 .9 6.0
2006 Washington 3 0 6.0 .400 -- .500 2.0 .0 .7 .7 2.0
2007 Washington 4 4 21.0 .412 -- .667 5.5 .3 .5 .8 5.0
2010 Oklahoma City 2 0 8.5 .833 -- 1.000 2.0 .0 .0 .0 6.0
2011 Atlanta 1 0 7.0 .000 -- -- 1.0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 18 4 14.0 .559 .000 .541 3.8 .2 .2 .7 4.8

See also

References

  1. ^ Steinberg, Dan (October 27, 2006). "A DCU Name Mystery is Solved, and a Wizards Name Mystery Emerges". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ Pitoniak, Scott (29 November 1999). "SU's Thomas just a flick of his wrist from blocks mark". Democrat and Chronicle. pp. 22, 28. Archived from the original on 17 January 2021. Retrieved 2021 – via Newspapers.com open access.
  3. ^ "End the NBA draft age limit". ESPN.com. April 12, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "Wizards' Thomas back -- as starter, no less -- after heart surgery". SI.com. November 6, 2008. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "Source: Foye, Miller head to Wiz". ESPN.com. June 24, 2009. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "Timberwolves trade Etan Thomas, picks to Thunder for Damien Wilkins, Chucky Atkins". InsideHoops.com. July 27, 2009. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ "Hawks Sign Etan Thomas". NBA.com. September 2, 2010. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ https://www.evensi.us/faizon-love-elf-replacements-friday-1523-22nd-st-nw-washington-district-columbia-20037/279309103
  9. ^ Boren, Cindy (May 22, 2016). "Ex-NBA center shames woman he says wouldn't let him sit by her due to race". The Washington Post.
  10. ^ Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge - Google
  11. ^ Lindgren, Michael (July 27, 2012). ""Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge" by Etan Thomas with Nick Chiles". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013.
  12. ^ "Nike Basketball Camp FBCG Family Life Center". www.ussportscamps.com. Retrieved .
  13. ^ a b c d e f "Q&A with Etan Thomas". C-SPAN.org. Retrieved .
  14. ^ Zirin, Dave (September 27, 2005). "The Speech Everyone Is Talking About: Etan Thomas". Commondreams.org. Archived from the original on June 30, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  15. ^ "In Defense of Barack Obama". Huffingtonpost.com. November 2, 2007. Retrieved 2013.
  16. ^ Hutchins, Brett; Rowe, David (April 27, 2012). Sport Beyond Television: The Internet, Digital Media and the Rise of Networked Media Sport. Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies, p. 77. Archived at Google Books.
  17. ^ "Etan Thomas". The Huffington Post.
  18. ^ Howard Dean's Register for Change Bus Tour Archived 2012-03-10 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook donates $1,000 per point to Haiti relief". newsok.com. January 23, 2010. Retrieved 2013.

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