Thomas playing for the Thunder.
|No. - Free agent|
|Date of birth:|| April 1, 1978|
Harlem, New York
|Listed height:||6 ft 10 in|
|Listed weight:||260 lbs|
|NBA Draft:||2000; Round: 1 / Pick: 12th|
by the Dallas Mavericks
|2009-2010||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Etan Thomas at NBA.com|
After playing for Syracuse University, Thomas was drafted 12th overall in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. Without ever playing a game for the Mavs, was traded to the Washington Wizards in 2001 and has averaged 6.7 points and 5.3 rebounds throughout his career.
In 2005, Thomas released a book of poetry titled "More Than an Athlete: Poems by Etan Thomas" which included works critical of former Wizards head coach Doug Collins.
In September of 2005, Thomas was one of several celebrities to speak at the anti-war rally in Washington D.C.. He has since posted on Huffington Post.
In 2006 he beat out Brendan Haywood to become the starting center for the Washington Wizards, but Haywood regained the starting job by the spring of 2007.
During the Wizards' training camp for the 2007–08 NBA season, a routine physical examination discovered that he had a leaking aortic valve. On October 11, 2007 Thomas successfully underwent open heart surgery. He returned to play for the Wizards on October 29, 2008, a full year after his surgery. In his first game back, he had 10 points and eight rebounds.
On July 27, 2009, Thomas was aquired by the Oklahoma City Thunder, along with a second-round selection, and a conditional second-round selection in the 2010 NBA Draft from the Minnesota Timberwolves for guards Chucky Atkins and Damien Wilkins.