Lance Thomas (born April 24, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Duke University Blue Devils men’s basketball team where he started at power forward for the national champion 2010 team. He is from Scotch Plains, New Jersey but was born in Brooklyn, New York.
Co-captains Thomas and Jon Scheyer were members of Duke’s 2010 NCAA tournament team. Along with forward Kyle Singler, center Brian Zoubek, reserve forward Mason Plumlee, point gaurd Nolan Smith, power forward Ryan Kelly, forward Miles Plumlee and point guard Seth Curry, the team coached by Mike Krzyzewski won Duke’s 4th National Championship since 1991 (Duke also won in 1992 and 2001). Thomas was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team for 2010 and finished his college basketball career 10th in offensive rebounds(255) on Duke’s all-time list.
Lance Thomas went undrafted after his senior year (2010). Thomas joined the New Jersey Nets in the 2010 NBA Summer League. On November 1, 2010, he was drafted 2nd round (3rd pick) selected by the Austin Toros.
In November 2011, he was re-acquired by the Austin Toros. On December 9, 2011, he signed with the New Orleans Hornets to the training camp.
On January 15, he was also be a part of NBA Global Games schedule for the 2014-15 season host by the United Kingdom, feature a game between the Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks at The O2 Arena. (Knicks 79 – Bucks 95) Along with the on court action, and also will feature a variety of off-the-court activities, including NBA Cares community programs and interactive fan events. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said,”While London have their own unique culture, they have rich sports traditions and share a great passion for the NBA. These regular-season games will bring the excitement and incredible competition of our league to more fans in Europe and global.”
After that, on Sunday, March 22, 2015 New York Knicks lost to Toronto Raptors 106-89 at Air Canada Centre. Thomas scoring a career-high 24 points, including a pair of three-point field goals — his first connections from beyond the arc in his career.
On July 10, 2015, Thomas re-signed with the Knicks.
2012-13 Leaf Limited Rookie Autograph /399
Career highlights and awards
NBA D-League All-Star (2012)
NCAA champion (2010)
ACC All-Defensive Team (2010)
McDonald’s All-American (2006)
Competitor for United States Basketball
Pan American Games Bronze medal – third place 2011 Guadalajara United States
FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship
Gold medal – first place 2006 United States United States