Kenny Thomas (basketball)
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Kenny Thomas Basketball
Kenny Thomas
Kenny Thomas 2006.jpg
Personal information
Born (1977-07-25) July 25, 1977 (age 42)
Atlanta, Georgia
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeNew Mexico (1995-1999)
NBA draft1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career1999-2010
PositionPower forward / Center
Number21, 9
Career history
1999-2002Houston Rockets
2002-2005Philadelphia 76ers
2005-2010Sacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Kenneth Cornelius Thomas (born July 25, 1977) is an American retired professional basketball player who played eleven seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

High School Career

He attended Austin High School, in El Paso, Texas, for three seasons before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico to play for Albuquerque High School during his senior season. Averaging 25.2 points and 16.9 rebounds each game, Thomas helped Albuquerque to a 22-3 record and Class 4A state title. Parade named him a boys' basketball All-American in 1995.[1]

College Career

Thomas attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, one of the highest-profile recruits to ever attend the school. He is second on the Lobos' all-time scoring list (1,931 points), career blocks list (239), and career dunks list (114), and leads the school's lists in career rebounds (1,032), freshman scoring (484) and rebounding (256), and personal fouls for a season (118) and career (383). Thomas is one of eight Lobos to be selected as an All-American (1998).[1] Kenny led the Lobos to four consecutive NCAA Tournament first round wins. UNM was an amazing 71-3 in The PIT in Kenny's four years with the Lobos including 41 consecutive wins.

NBA Career

The Houston Rockets selected Thomas as the 22nd pick in the 1999 NBA Draft. He led his team in rebounds for the 1999-2000 season, making him one of only two rookies to do so. Thomas was consistently among the team leaders in rebounds and blocked shots before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2002-03 season.

Thomas was one of only eleven players to average a double-double for the 2003-04 season, and the shortest one at 6-foot, 7-inches.

On February 23, 2005, Thomas was traded to the Sacramento Kings in a deal that sent Chris Webber to Philadelphia. On February 18, 2010, the Kings released Thomas after the trade deadline.[2]

Thomas was invited to the Memphis Grizzlies 2010 pre-season camp, but was waived on October 11.[3]

After Basketball

After basketball Kenny Thomas created Kenny Thomas Enterprises. The organization is operated as a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) and is in good standing in the State of New Mexico and California. Kenny Thomas Enterprises (KTE) is already operational and currently does business in several states. Kenny is the CEO of KTE with a diverse board of supporters and constituents. Kenny has been operating as CEO since 2012 and is also under mentorship of basketball great, Ervin 'Magic" Johnson. KTE is presently home to Infinity O2 Oxygenated bottled water, KT Athletic Wear, and El Rey On K, which opened in Sacramento in October 2016.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999-00 Houston 72 29 25.0 .399 .262 .660 6.1 1.6 .8 .3 8.3
2000-01 Houston 74 21 24.6 .443 .272 .722 5.6 1.0 .5 .6 7.1
2001-02 Houston 72 71 34.5 .478 .000 .664 7.2 1.9 1.2 .9 14.1
2002-03 Houston 20 14 29.3 .432 .000 .733 6.9 2.0 .8 .3 9.9
2002-03 Philadelphia 46 28 30.3 .482 .000 .750 8.5 1.6 1.0 .5 10.2
2003-04 Philadelphia 74 72 36.5 .469 .200 .752 10.1 1.5 1.1 .4 13.6
2004-05 Philadelphia 47 43 28.6 .456 .250 .798 6.6 1.6 .9 .1 11.3
2004-05 Sacramento 26 15 31.7 .492 .000 .722 8.7 2.9 1.0 .4 14.5
2005-06 Sacramento 82 55 28.0 .505 .000 .676 7.5 2.0 .9 .5 9.1
2006-07 Sacramento 62 53 22.8 .482 .000 .513 6.1 1.2 .7 .3 5.3
2007-08 Sacramento 23 3 12.2 .421 .000 .000 2.7 .6 .3 .0 1.4
2008-09 Sacramento 8 0 7.8 .375 .000 .000 1.9 .1 .8 .1 .8
2009-10 Sacramento 26 2 12.0 .486 .000 .583 3.3 .6 .4 .4 1.6
Career 632 406 27.4 .465 .244 .699 6.9 1.5 .8 .4 9.3

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003 Philadelphia 12 12 32.4 .535 .000 .655 9.3 .9 .7 .4 10.6
2005 Sacramento 5 5 30.6 .511 .000 .700 8.8 2.4 .8 .4 12.0
2006 Sacramento 6 6 24.7 .542 .000 .692 4.5 1.3 .8 .0 5.8
Career 23 23 30.0 .529 .000 .677 8.0 1.3 .7 .3 9.7

References

  1. ^ a b "Kenny Thomas Career Biography". New Mexico Lobos. September 8, 1999. Archived from the original on January 10, 2001. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Wojnarowski, Adrian (February 18, 2010). "Kings cut Thomas after trade deadline". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ "Transactions: 2010-11 Season". NBA. Archived from the original on March 9, 2011. Retrieved 2011.

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