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Lance Thomas
Lance Thomas
Thomas playing for the Knicks.
No. 42 – New York Knicks
Small Forward / Power Forward
Personal information
Born April 24, 1988 (1988-04-24) (age 36) Brooklyn, New York
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 235 lbs (107 kg)
Career information
High school Scotch Plains-Fanwood
(Scotch Plains, New Jersey)
Saint Benedict's
(Newark, New Jersey)
College Duke (2006–2010)
NBA Draft 2010 / Undrafted
NBA D-League Draft 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 19
Pro career 2010–present (14 years)
Career history
2010–2011 Austin Toros (D-League)
2011 New Orleans Hornets
2012 Austin Toros (D-League)
20122013 New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans
2013–2014 Foshan Dralions
2014–2015 Oklahoma City Thunder
2015-2019 New York Knicks
2020 Brooklyn Nets
Career highlights and awards profile profile (active)
profile (retired)

Lance Thomas (born April 24, 1988) is an American Power Forward/Small Forward who currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

High school[]

Thomas originally attended Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. He was highly recruited out of high school, choosing Duke over Rutgers, Wake Forest, Connecticut, Arizona, Florida, and Georgia Tech.

While playing for Danny Hurley (brother of former Duke point guard Bobby Hurley) at Newark Saint Benedict's Preparatory School, he led the school to two Prep A Division New Jersey State titles while averaging 14.5 PPG and 6.5 RPG his senior year. He was named to the 2006 McDonald's All-American team, and had nine points and two steals in the McDonald's All-American Game.

USA U18 National Team[]

He also played on the USA U18 National team, which won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 tournament. However, he barely saw the floor and only averaged 0.5 PPG and 1.0 RPG.


In his freshman year, he averaged 4.0 PPG and 2.5 RPG. In his sophomore year, he averaged 4.3 PPG and 3.3 RPG. His career-high in points came on November 28, 2008, when he scored 21 points against Duquesne.[1]


In 2009–10, he and Jon Scheyer were co-captains of the Duke team. He had a career-high 12 rebounds against NC State in January 2010.[1]

Duke won the national championship against Butler 61–59, with Thomas on the floor after having played 35 minutes of the game, and shot 3–5 from the field.[2] He said:

The last 30 seconds seemed like 10 minutes. When the ball bounced off, confetti came down. I looked up at the confetti, and the next thing I know I'm on my back. Jon (Scheyer) tackled me. At that point, it hit home that we were national champions.[2]

He ended his career 10th on Duke's all-time list in offensive rebounds (255).[3] In 2009–10 he averaged 4.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 25.3 minutes per game, and led the team in charges taken with 16.[4][5] He was also voted to the ACC All-Defensive team.[4]

Pro career[]

Thomas was drafted by the Austin Toros in the 2010 NBA D-League Draft. After a successful 2010–11 season, he began the 2011–12 season with the New Orleans Hornets, but was waived on December 31. He was re-acquired by the Toros on January 4, 2012. On February 6, 2012, the Hornets re-signed Thomas to a 10-day contract. On February 16, 2012, he signed a second 10-day contract. On February 27, 2012, he signed with the Hornets for the rest of the 2011–12 season.

On July 10, 2013, Thomas was waived once again by the Pelicans. However, he was re-signed on August 22, 2013. He was again waived on November 12, 2013.

In December 2013, Thomas signed with Foshan Dralions and began his career in China. In his first game of CBA, he helped the Dralions beat the defending champions Guangdong Southern Tigers.

On January 1, 2015, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder made trio-trade for the seven players: Samuel Dalembert, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith from New York Knicks to Cleveland Cavaliers; Lou Amundson and Langston Galloway (return) from Cleveland Cavaliers to New York Knicks; Dion Waiters from Cleveland Cavaliers to Oklahoma City Thunder; Lance Thomas from Oklahoma City Thunder to New York Knicks.

See also[]


New York Knicks 2014–15 season roster
1 Amar'e Stoudemire
2 Langston Galloway
3 Jose Calderon
4 Quincy Acy
5 Tim Hardaway, Jr.
7 Carmelo Anthony
9 Pablo Prigioni
14 Jason Smith
17 Cleanthony Early
21 Lou Amundson
42 Lance Thomas
45 Cole Aldrich
77 Andrea Bargnani
0 Shane Larkin
Head coach: Derek Fisher
Regular season
New York Knicks 2015–16 season roster
1 Shved • 2 Galloway • 3 Calderon • 4 Afflalo • 6 Porzingis • 7 Anthony • 8 Lopez • 9 O'Quinn • 11 Early • 13 Grant • 17 Amundson • 42 Thomas • 43 Antetokounmpo • 67 Williams
Players who left during the season
Head coach: Jeff Hornacek
Regular SeasonPlayoffsFinals
New York Knicks Current season roster
00 Jacob Toppin (TW) 0 Donte DiVincenzo • 1 Duane Washington Jr. (TW) • 2 Miles McBride • 3 Josh Hart • 4 Charlie Brown Jr. (TW) • 5 Precious Achiuwa • 8 OG Anunoby • 11 Jalen Brunson • 13 Keita Bates-Diop • 21 DaQuan Jeffries • 23 Mitchell Robinson • 25 Mikal Bridges • 30 Julius Randle • 45 Jericho Sims
Players who left during the offseason
13 Shake Milton • 18 Alec Burks • 25 Mamadi Diakite • 44 Bojan Bogdanović
Head coach: Tom Thibodeau
Regular SeasonPlayoffsFinals