Thomas playing for the Knicks.
|No. 42 – New York Knicks|
|Small Forward / Power Forward|
|Born||April 24, 1988Brooklyn, New York|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lbs (107 kg)|
|High school||Scotch Plains-Fanwood|
(Scotch Plains, New Jersey)
(Newark, New Jersey)
|NBA Draft||2010 / Undrafted|
|NBA D-League Draft||2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 19|
|Pro career||2010–present (11 years)|
|2010–2011||Austin Toros (D-League)|
|2011||New Orleans Hornets|
|2012||Austin Toros (D-League)|
|2012–2013||New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans|
|2014–2015||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2015-2019||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
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.
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. 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.
He ended his career 10th on Duke's all-time list in offensive rebounds (255). 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. He was also voted to the ACC All-Defensive team.
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.
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.
- "The Official On-Line Home Of Duke Statistics". GoDuke.StatsGeek.com. http://goduke.statsgeek.com/basketball-m/players/career-highs.php?playerid=519. Retrieved April 4, 2010.
- "Senior Class: Thomas, Zoubek, Scheyer conclude Duke careers in best possible fashion". .journalnow.com. http://www2.journalnow.com/content/2010/apr/07/senior-class-thomas-zoubek-scheyer-conclude-duke-c/. Retrieved April 7, 2010.
- "The Official On-Line Home Of Duke Statistics". GoDuke.StatsGeek.com. April 24, 1988. http://goduke.statsgeek.com/basketball-m/players/misc.php?playerid=519. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
- "Game Notes: vs. Butler, April 5, 9:21 PM, CBS – Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". GoDuke.com. http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=22724&SPID=1845&DB_OEM_ID=4200&ATCLID=204922369. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
- "Lance Thomas' work ethic pays off with trip to Final Four with Duke | APP.com | Asbury Park Press". APP.com. http://www.app.com/article/20100401/SPORTS0220/4010330/Lance-Thomas--work-ethic-pays-off-with-trip-to-Final-Four-with-Duke. Retrieved April 1, 2010. Template:Dead link
|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|
|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 Season • Playoffs • Finals|
|New York Knicks current roster|
|0 Allen (TW) • 1 Portis • 2 Ellington • 3 Harkless • 5 Smith • 6 Payton • 9 Barrett • 11 Ntilikina • 14 Trier • 17 Brazdeikis (GL) • 20 Knox • 21 Dotson • 23 Robinson • 25 Bullock • 30 Randle • 45 Wooten (TW) • 67 Gibson|
|Head coach: Mike Miller (interim)|