Timothy Mark Thomas’ (born February 26, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player.
A versatile 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) forward with a soft shooting touch, Thomas was tabbed as a future NBA star when he was still in high school, and was selected to the McDonald’s All-American team after averaging 25.3 points and 14.5 rebounds per game as a senior at Paterson Catholic High School. He was ranked as the no. 2 recruit in the nation behind only Kobe Bryant whom almost joined him at Villanova after the two both played in the 1996 High School McDonald’s All-American game and the All-Star Magic Johnson Roundball Classic game which they dominated together. Thomas considered making the jump straight to the NBA from high school, waiting to declare his decision to attend college at Villanova until just days before the deadline to enter the NBA draft.
Thomas made his mark in his one season of college basketball at Villanova University. Joining a future NBA talent-laden team with Alvin Williams, Jason Lawson, John Celestand and Malik Allen, he filled the void of former Big East Player of the Year Kerry Kittles from the year before and helped lead the Wildcats to a Big East regular season championship under head coach Steve Lappas. Villanova was ranked second in the Big East tournament, while Thomas was named to both All-Big East and All-Big East Tournament teams as well as win Big East Rookie of the Year while averaging 17 points and 6 rebounds per game. Villanova would make the 1997 NCAA Tournament but lost in second round to California, which featured future NFL All-Pro Tony Gonzalez.
Thomas enjoyed a solid rookie season, averaging 11 points per game, and was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team. Throughout his career he played for;
- Milwaukee Bucks
- New York Knicks
- Chicago Bulls
- Phoenix Suns
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Dallas Mavericks