Kurt Thomas (basketball)

Kurt Vincent Thomas ( born October 4, 1972 in Dallas, Texas) is an American professional basketball player. He played in the NBA for the New York Knicks.

After he attended Hillcrest High School in Dallas, he went to the Texas Christian University. In his senior season in 1994/95, he led the NCAA in points ( 28.9 points per game) and rebounds ( 14.6 rebounds per game). He was only the third player in history to do so in one season. Thomas was then selected in the NBA Draft in 1995 already the tenth of the Miami Heat.

On 14 February 1997, he was discharged together with Predrag Danilović and Martin Müürsepp in exchange for Jamal Mashburn to the Dallas Mavericks. Due to a lengthy injury he missed almost the entire 1997/98 season and was placed on 5 December 1997 by the Mavericks as an assistant coach.

On January 22, 1999, he got a contract with the New York Knicks. On 28 June 2005, he was traded along with the draft rights to Dijon Thompson to the Phoenix Suns. The Knicks received in return Quentin Richardson, the draft rights to Nate Robinson and cash.

On 20 July 2007 Thomas was released to the Seattle SuperSonics, but further passed it during the season 2007/ 08 to the San Antonio Spurs. The Sonics got for Brent Barry, Francisco Elson and a first-round draft pick of 2009.

After one season with the Chicago Bulls Thomas joined the 2011/2012 season to the Portland Trail Blazers.