Fans of the National Basketball Association (NBA) would know Lance Thomas, the American-born basketball pro who is currently making a big splash with the New York Knicks in the forward position. He has carved out a niche for himself since his 2010 NBA Draft and is not letting up in his quest to reach the pinnacle of his career.
Thomas has played amateur basketball since high school and also played for the men’s basketball team of Duke University’s Blue Devils, where he started as a power forward for the 2010 national team. He was a member of the US national team that won the bronze medal in the 2011 Pan American Games. The following year, he joined the 2012 Men’s National Team, which trained in Las Vegas, Nevada against the 2012 U.S. National Men’s Basketball Team.
Read on to learn more about the basketball player’s biography, salary, and career statistics.
Thomas Lance Bio
Thomas was born on April 24, 1988, in Brooklyn, New York. The American basketball player, whose ethnic background is black, was born the son of Lily Irvin Thomas (mother), who earns her living as a senior manager at Ford’s New Jersey plant. His father’s identity is not known, but it is on record that he was raised by his single mother, to whom he is very close.
He received his early education at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, where he spent two years before transferring to Saint’s Benedicts Preparatory School, where he led the school to two Prep A Division New Jersey State titles. He then moved to Duke University, where he was very active on the college basketball team from 2006 to 2010.
His Career Stats
During his time with Austin Toros in 2010, he played in more than 2 seasons, 65 games in total, and scored 13.4 average points with 6.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in one game. From 2012 to 2013 Thomas has played a total of 59 games for the New Orleans Hornets, achieving an average of 2.5 points and 1.9 rebounds in one game. The Hornets gave him up, but he came back in November and played 106 games over more than three seasons, averaging 3.0 points, accompanied by a rebound of 2.3, which was achieved in 12.4 minutes per game.
During his time at Foshan Dralions, Lance Thomas played from 2013 to 2014, averaging 26.1 points with 1.0 assists, 10.8 rebounds, and 1.6 steals in a single game. The famous basketball player joined Oklahoma City Thunder on September 29, 2014. According to their head coach Scott Brooks, Thomas is diligent, has the ability to play in multiple positions, and gives his all for the game.
Lance Thomas has been with his current team, the New York Knicks, since 2015, and last year he averaged 8.2 points with 2.2 rebounds in one game.
Lance Thomas signed his first contract with the Austin Toros in 2010 and since then he has signed several contracts with teams such as the New Orleans Hornets 2012, the Foshan Dralions 2013, and Oklahoma City Thunder 2014.
Currently, Thomas Lance is linked to his team, the New York Knicks, by a 4-year contract worth $27,549,950 that guarantees $27,549,950. His annual salary is set at $6,887,488. Between 2018 and 2019, his annual salary will increase to $7,119,650 with a cap hit of $7,119,650 and a dead cap value of $8,119,650.
Other Facts About Lance Thomas
More interesting facts to help you learn more about this talented basketball player are listed below:
1. His Body Stats
The astonishing striker stands at a gallant height of 2.03 m (6 feet 7 inches), as is usual for a basketball player. His corresponding body weight of 107 kg contributes even more to his imposing personality.
2. Awards and Accolades
The talented New York Knicks striker has received several awards and accolades in his NBA career, including the NBA D-League All-Star, which he won in 2012, the McDonald’s All-American, and the second Team Parade All America, which he won in 2006, and in 2010 he won the NCCA Champion and the ACC All-Defensive Team.
Like any celebrity, Thomas has experienced his fair share of controversy, as in the case of September 2012, when a New York City jeweler accused him of owing $37,800 on the purchase of $67,800 worth of items he had purchased with a $30,000 deposit since December 2009, but later settled the case.