|Drafted By:||New Jersey|
Tim Thomas (born February 26, 1977 in Paterson, New Jersey) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on July 28, 2009.
A McDonald's All-American out of Paterson Catholic High School, Thomas led his team, as a senior, with 25.3 points per game and 14.5 rebounds per game. Highly recruited, he chose to attend Villanova. In his one and only season, he helped them win their division of the Big East and to a number three seed in the NCAA Championship tournament. During his only year he averaged 16.9 ppg and 6.0 rpg.
The New Jersey Nets drafted the 6'10 forward in the first round (seventh overall) of the 1997 NBA draft but immediately traded his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Keith Van Horn. Thomas posted a solid rookie season appearing in 77 games and averaging 11.0 ppg and being named to the NBA All-Rookie second team.
Following his second season with the Sixers, he was traded to Milwaukee where he enjoyed some of his greatest career successes over the next five years. In 1999-2000, his first full season with the Bucks, he appeared in 80 games averaging 11.8 ppg. He was awarded with a long term contract by Milwaukee and averaged double figures each year there.
During the 2003-2004 season, Thomas was again traded for Keith Van Horn, this time with the Bucks sending him to the New York Knicks. In 24 games with the Knicks that season, he averaged a career-best 15.8 ppg. The next season he appeared in 71 games for New York with a 12.0 ppg average.
During the 2005 offseason, he was traded to the Chicago Bulls which began a run of five teams Thomas would play for over the next four years. He appeared in only 3 games with the Bulls although Chicago didn't waive him until March of 2006. He immediately caught on with Phoenix for the remainder of the season and an exciting playoff run.
In the playoffs, Thomas hit a game-tying three point basket with six seconds left to save the Suns from elimination against the seventh-seeded Los Angeles Lakers. Phoenix ultimately won the game with help from another Tim Thomas three-pointer for force a game seven in the series which the Suns won. They later lost to Dallas that season in the Western Conference Finals.
He played the next two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, where in 2007-2008 he saw action in 63 games and posted averages of 12.4 ppg and 5.1 rpg.
Last season he appeared in ten games with the Clippers, 36 games with New York and 19 with Chicago. The Bulls bought out his contract which allowed him to sign with the Mavericks.
Thomas' time with the Mavericks was limited in 2009-2010 due to personal reasons. He saw action in 18 games averaging 7.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game.