Cam Thomas Bio: Controversy, NBA & Contracts

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Cam Thomas is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA. The consensus five-star recruit is one of the best shooting guards in the class of 2020.

After scoring 43 points in a loss against the Suns on February 3, 2023, marking three consecutive games with 40+ points, Thomas became the youngest-ever NBA player to achieve the feat.

Only a handful of players in the league have scored 40+ points in back-to-back games this season.

And with his outstanding shooting ability and gameplay, Cam joins the 40-point scorer club with Devin Booker, Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Stephen Curry.

Cam Thomas For Brooklyn Nets
Cam Thomas For Brooklyn Nets (Source: Twitter)

The Nets are on the verge of turmoil right now. With Kyrie now with the Mavs and Durant with the Suns, the Nets’ second-year guard has taken over the offense.

No denying Thomas displays eye-captivating games, but the professional charm won’t keep him away from controversies.

He was fined $40,000 by the NBA for using “derogatory and disparaging language” during a postgame interview on 9 February 2023, following the team’s 116-105 win over the Bulls. Stay tuned for the whole story.

Quick Facts

Full Name Cameron Bouchea Thomas
Known As Cam Thomas
Nickname Cam
Birthdate October 13, 2001
Age 22 Years Old
Birthplace  Yokosuka, Japan
Current Residence Brooklyn, New York, United States
Father’s Name Dale MacMillan 
Mother’s Name Leslie Thomas
Siblings Shaniece Collins (Elder sister)
Nationality American
Marital Status Unmarried
Girlfriend None
Children None
Built Athletic
Sexual Orientation Straight
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark-brown
Weight 210 lb / 95 kg
Height 6 ft 4 in / 1.93 m / 193 cm
Ethnicity African-American
Zodiac Sign Libra
Profession Professional Basketball Player
Education Oscar F. Smith High School

 Oak Hill Academy

Louisiana State University

NBA Draft Brooklyn Nets: 2021/Round: 1/Pick 27th Overall
Awards & Achievements First-team All-SEC (2021)
Playing Career 2021-Present
Association Brooklyn Nets (2021-Present)

Long Island Nets (2021, NBA G-League)

Position Shooting Guard
Roster Status Active
Salary $2.61 Million
Net Worth $1-$5 Million
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Merch Signed Photo
Last Update May 2024

Early Life & Education

Early Life

The 22 year-old shooting guard for the Brooklyn Nets, Cam Thomas, was born on October 13, 2001, in Yokosuka, Japan, while his mother, Leslie Thomas, and father Dale MacMillan, were living there.

Cam does not share a strong bond with his father since his mother brought him up.

His mother played a pivotal role in Cam’s early life, and he has opened up about getting his work ethic and discipline from his mother.

Cam Thomas With His Mom During His LSU Days
Cam Thomas With His Mom During His LSU Days (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Leslie was in the army and played basketball in high school and middle school herself, so sportsmanship is in the family’s blood.

Cam developed a strong interest in basketball after seeing his elder sister Shaniece Collins (10 years senior) playing the hoops. Thomas’ sister would later train him.

Interestingly, when he was seven, he won a contest by making 33 consecutive free throws.

Education

Cam attended Oscar F. Smith High School for his freshman year and later transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.

His high school career went outstandingly well. In 2019, he was named Offensive Player of the Year at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.

After an impressive high school career, he committed to play for Louisiana State on November 18, 2019, over an offer from UCLA.

Cam declared for the 2021 NBA Draft on April 15, 2021, forgoing his remaining college eligibility.

Career

As expected by the scouts, Cam was drafted 27th overall in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft by the Nets, joining fellow draft pick Marcus Zegarowski (round-two, 49th overall).

He played in the 2021 NBA Summer League as part of the Brooklyn Nets and was named NBA Summer League MVP.

Cam Thomas signed a rookie contract with the team on August 5, 2021.

Cam Thomas For The Nets
Cam Thomas For The Nets (Source: CNN)

He made his NBA debut on October 19, 2021, in a 104-127 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

In his rookie season (2021-22), he concluded with 67 games (2 starts), averaging 8.5 points, 1.2 assists & 2.4 rebounds per game.

Thomas was also included on the Nets’ 2022 NBA Summer League roster.

On February 7, 2023, Cam, 21, became the youngest NBA player to put up three straight 40-point games, scoring 43 points in a 116–112 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

On the same day, the Lakers legend LeBron James became the NBA all-time scoring leader with 38,388 career points, putting up 38 points in a 133–130 loss to City Thunder.

And even now, James holds the record of the youngest NBA player to score at least 40 points (exactly 41 points) at 19 years & 88 days.

On March 26, while playing against Orlando Magic in the lost match, he chipped 18 points, in which he played 28 minutes.

He and his team had faced four consecutive losses from OKC, SAC, DEN, and ORL.

Net Worth & Contracts

The Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Cam Thomas, as of 2024, holds a net worth between $1-$5 million.

Aside from his NBA salaries, Cam also earns well from his brand endorsement deals.

On September 2021, rookie Cam Thomas signed a multiyear apparel and shoe endorsement contract with Adidas.

He joined Evan Mobley, Jalen Green, Sharife Cooper, and Jalen Suggs to sign the deal with Adidas that year.

Nevertheless, the financial arrangements of the contract have not been revealed to the public by either party.

It presumably is worth multi-million dollars, given the popularity of the star rookie.

Contracts

On August 5, 2021, Cameron Thomas signed a four-year $10.46 million rookie contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

The deal includes the total amount guaranteed and a $2.61 million average annual salary.

In the 2022-23 season, Cam will earn a $2.13 million base salary.

On October 17, 2022, the Nets exercised a $2.24 million option for the 2023-24 season.

With the conclusion of the 2023-24 season, Cam will become eligible for a rookie extension, which could be worth $205 million, with an average annual salary of $35.31 million.

Controversy

While everything was looking great with Cam’s professional career, he recently received a lot of backlash after making an anti-gay remark during a postgame interview.

NBA fined Cam $40,000 for using “derogatory and disparaging language” during a postgame interview following Net’s win over Chicago Bulls on 9 February 2023.

He was being interviewed by TNT on the court along with his teammate Spencer Dinwiddie and was asked about Spencer’s comments that the team did not acquire the best players but the best-looking ones.

Cam Thomas Post Game Interview Which Dragged Him To Controversy and Get Fined $40,000
Cam Thomas Post-Game Interview Which Dragged Him To Controversy and Got Fined $40,000 (Source: Fox News)

Cam responded, “We already had good-looking guys,” then used an anti-gay remark to end the sentence.

After the incident, he apologized on social media, but his fans are not taking it well.

Thomas tweeted, “I want to apologize for the insensitive word I used in the postgame interview.” “I was excited about the win and was being playful. I definitely didn’t intend to offend anyone, but realize that I probably did. My apologies again. Much love.”

Girlfriend & Social Media

Cameron Thomas’s love life is unknown to the public.

However, his fans know that he could lift the Brooklyn Nets from the turmoil since the exit of Kyrie and Durant.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Cam Thomas (@cam.__thomas)

Regarding his social media, Cam is active on Instagram with 185k followers and on Twitter with 30.2k followers.

On Instagram, he posts about his games and practice reels.

Unknown Facts About Cam Thomas

  • Cam was selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic.
  • On November 26, 2020, in his college debut, he scored 27 points in a win against SIU Edwardsville.
  • Cam became the youngest NBA player at 21 years & 117 days to score at least 40 points in three games in a row, scoring 43 points in a loss to the Suns on February 7, 2023.
    In the earlier two games, he scored 44 points against the Wizards (on February 3) & then a career-high 47 points against the Clippers (on February 6).
  • At seven, Cam Thomas scored 33 free throws in a row.

Popularity Graph

Cam Thomas Popularity Graph
Cam Thomas Popularity Graph (Source: Google)

The popularity graph shows the wavelength from the last twelve months.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Is Cam Thomas injured?

Cam Thomas is not injured. But after the Nets' victory against the Bulls on February 9, 2023, he has switched back to the 6th man. Though with injuries in Brooklyn Nets & Thomas' impressive gameplay, he is a touted starting lineup.

Is Cam Thomas Japanese?

No, Thomas is not Japanese; he is an American by nationality. Though he was born in Japan when his parents were there & later moved to Virginia.

How much is Cam's salary?

Cam Thomas' salary for the 2022-23 season is $2.138 million. He exercised an option deal for the 2023-24 season in October 2022 & will earn $2.24 million.

Pranaya Poudel
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