Kurt Vincent Thomas (born October 4, 1972) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the New York Knicks. Thomas is a 6'9", 230 lb. power forward-center known for his hard-nosed playing style and tough defense. Drafted by the Miami Heat in 1995, Thomas played college basketball at Texas Christian University. He is currently the oldest player in the NBA, one day older than Grant Hill.
High school and college
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).
Thomas began his NBA career with the Miami Heat from 1995 to 1997. He then played for the Dallas Mavericks in the 97–98 season.
New York Knicks (1998–2005)
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)
Thomas played two seasons with the Phoenix Suns from 2005 to 2007.
Seattle Supersonics (2007–2008)
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)
Thomas was traded by the Sonics to the San Antonio Spurs on February 20, 2008, for Francisco Elson, Brent Barry, and a 2009 first round draft pick.
Milwaukee Bucks (2009–2010)
On June 23, 2009, Thomas was traded along with Bruce Bowen and Fabricio Oberto to the Milwaukee Bucks for Richard Jefferson.
Chicago Bulls (2010–2011)
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. 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)
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.
New York Knicks (2012–present)
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.
NBA career statistics
Thomas with the Milwaukee Bucks.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Kurt Thomas at Basketball-Reference.com