|College:||Texas Christian University|
Thomas, who attended Hillcrest High School in Dallas, stayed close to home and played his college ball at TCU. He was all-Southwest Conference as a junior averaging 20.7 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game. But it was his senior year when he took his game to another level. With averages of 28.9 ppg and 14.6 rpg, Thomas joined Hank Gathers and Xavier McDaniel as one of only three players in NCAA history to lead Division I in rebounds and scoring in the same season. He was the Southwest Conference's Player-of-the-Year and a third team Associated Press All-American. He's still number six all-time for TCU in scoring, eighth all-time in rebounds and third all-time in blocked shots for the Frogs.
The Miami Heat drafted the 6'9 forward in the first round of the 1995 NBA draft. He appeared in 74 games his rookie season averaging 9.0 ppg and 5.9 rpg. Thomas was limited to only 18 games in his second season due to a stress fracture in his right ankle which required surgery. It was during his rehab that the Mavs traded Jamal Mashburn to obtain Thomas, Sasha Danilovic and Martin Muursepp.
Unfortunately his career in Dallas was cut short when, after only five games in the 1997-1998 season, he re-fractured the same ankle and was on the injured list the remainder of the year. It was thought Thomas would resign with Dallas but he chose to become a free agent and inked a deal with the New York Knicks in the offseason finding a home where he would remain for the next seven seasons.
In 2000-2001 he finished fourth in the NBA in field goal percentage while with the Knicks. Two years later in 2002-2003, Thomas posted a career-best 14.0 ppg average. For his career in New York, he still ranks fourth all-time in blocked shots, ninth all-time in rebounds and eighth all time in personal fouls.
Thomas joined the Phoenix Suns for two seasons appearing in 120 games. He split time between Seattle and San Antonio in 2007-2008 and played for the Spurs throughout the '08-'09 campaign. He pent time with the Milwaukee Bucks and is still active and playing for the Milwaukee Bucks Portland Trail Blazers.
In 2001, Thomas was honored with the "Beyond The Game" award from the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame, an organization that annually selects a professional athlete who goes beyond the boundaries of the court and into the community to lead by example and serve others. Among Thomas' civic programs is "Have A Ball With Kurt Thomas" where he provides four lower level seats to an underprivileged family along with an autographed ball before each game.