JT Thor Bio: Contracts, Net Worth & Family

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JT Thor, a South Sudanese-American NBA player, is a power forward for Charlotte Hornets (2021- now).

He picked basketball interest in seventh grade, which later became a passion turned career.

Born to parents who migrated from war-torn South Sudan, Thor played collegiate basketball at Auburn before going for the NBA draft after his freshman year.

The Detroit Pistons selected him as their second-round (37th overall) pick in the 2021 NBA Draft but traded him subsequently to Charlotte Hornets.

With the Hornets, he plays on a four-year contract that extends through the 2024-25 season.

JT Thor, The Hornets Power Forward Is The 2021 NBA Draft Pick
JT Thor, The Hornets Power Forward, Is The 2021 NBA Draft Pick (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Thor made his NBA debut at 19 in October 2021 and thrives on making a mark in the league.

Moreover, during his rookie year, he also played with the Hornets’ G-league team Greensboro Swarm. He scored his G-league-high 24 points in a win against the Knicks on November 28, 2021.

Learn more about Thor’s background, journey, contracts, net worth, and social media presence in this article.

Quick Facts

Full Name Jokhow Panom Thor
Known As JT Thor
Date of Birth August 26, 2002
Age 21 Years Old
Birth Place Omaha, Nebraska
Nationality American-South Sudanese
Father’s Name N/A
Mother’s Name N/A
Siblings Seven
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Relationship Status Single
Height 6 feet 10 inches/ 208 cm/ 2.08 m
Weight 205 lbs/ 92 kg
Education
  • High School: West Anchorage, Huntington Prep, Norcross
  • College: Auburn University (2020-21)
NBA Draft 2021/ Round:2/ Pick: 37th Overall
Playing Career 2021- Present
Current Team
  • Charlotte Hornets (2021- Present)
  • Greensboro Swarm (G-league affiliate)
Position Power Forward
Jersey Number 21
Average Annual Salary $1.65 Million
Net Worth $1 Million
Social Media Twitter
Last Update May 2024

JT Thor’s Parents & Siblings

Jokhow Panom “JT” Thor was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on August 26, 2022.

In January 2020, during the Pro Insight Q&A series, the NBA player opened up about his family.

Before Thor was born, his parents had migrated from South Sudan, which was facing the devastating effects of war.

Thor moved to Anchorage, Alaska, at the age of five and lived there until he was fourteen before moving to West Virginia.

As reported, his mother worked two to three jobs to provide for their family and currently works as an evening custodian in Seattle.

He has seven siblings scattered across the U.S. – one sister in Phoenix, two in Alaska, and three brothers in Portland, while the other brother is in Alaska.

Two of his sisters: Martha Thor and Nyedol Thor, played basketball at West High School in Anchorage.

Thor developed an interest in basketball starting in seventh grade and tries to model his gameplay from Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Additionally, he enjoys watching James Harden (who shares his birthday) and Tayshaun Prince on YouTube.

Age, Height & Body Measurements

JT Thor is 21 years old as of 2024.

The Hornets’ power forward stands 2.08 m tall and weighs 205 lbs (92 kg). 

He has a wingspan of 7 feet 3 inches and a standing reach of 9 feet 2 inches.

Journey From High School To The NBA Draft

Thor attended West Anchorage High School in Alaska for his first year but transferred to Huntington Prep School for his sophomore and junior year.

He attended Norcross High School for his senior year and averaged 14.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Being ranked as the 45th player in the country by ESPN, Thor committed to playing for the Auburn Tigers in college over the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

JT Thor For The Auburn Tigers
JT Thor For The Auburn Tigers (Source: Auburn University Athletics)

He started all 27 games in his first year, averaging 9.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. The basketball player’s college high was 24 points against Kentucky on February 12, 2021.

Thor declared for the 2021 NBA Draft at 18 years old, being one of the youngest draft prospects.

NBA Career With The Hornets

The 37th overall pick (of second-round) by the Detroit Pistons in the 2021 NBA Draft, Thor was later traded to the Charlotte Hornets.

He signed a four-year contract with the Hornets on August 6, 2021.

JT Thor For The Charlotte Hornets
JT Thor For The Charlotte Hornets (Source: Auburn Wire)

Thor made his NBA debut for the Charlotte Hornets on October 22, 2021, in a 123-112 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he played for two minutes.

Also, he was assigned to the Hornets’ G-league team Greensboro Swarm. Thor had an impressive debut in the G League, scoring 24 points on October 5, 2021.

In the 2021-22 NBA season, Thor played in 33 games but did not start in any of them.

Jokhow Panom Thor, aka JT Thor, got his first-ever NBA start in the 2022-23 season against the Heat on February 25, 2023.

Net Worth & Contracts

The Hornets’ power forward Thor holds an estimated net worth of $1 million as of 2024.

Without any significant endorsement deals, most of his earnings come from his professional basketball career.

As he continues to grow and establish himself in the league, he may have opportunities to earn additional income through sponsorships and endorsements.

On July 29, 2021, the Detroit Pistons selected JT Thor in round 2 as the 37th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

The Pistons traded him to the Charlotte Hornets with Mason Plumlee for Balsa Koprivica on August 6, 2021.

On the same day, Thor signed a four-year $6.64 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets. The contract includes an annual average salary of $1.65 million and a guaranteed amount of $2.81 million.

Thor’s base salary for the 2022-23 season is $1.83 million, while his paycheck for the further two seasons will be $1.83 million (the 2023-24 season) & $1.98 million (the 2024-25 season).

He will be an unrestricted free agent in 2025, i.e., he is free to sign with any team.

Relationships & Social Media Presence

There is a lot of curiosity among fans regarding JT Thor’s relationship status.

While some sources claim that he is single, others suggest that he may be in a secret relationship that he prefers to keep private.

Though, the NBA player is yet to confirm if he is dating anyone or has denied those rumors. Seems he is busy with his NBA career rather than indulging him in clarifying the gossip.

He was previously active on Instagram, but his account appears to have been deleted.

However, Thor is still active on Twitter, where he has amassed a following of 4.7k followers as of this writing. He joined the platform in March 2016.

On his Twitter account, JT Thor primarily shares content related to basketball.

Popularity Graph

The graph below represents the number of search interests over the past twelve months.

Popularity Graph Of JT Thor
Popularity Graph Of JT Thor (Source: Google Trends)

The volume of searches of JT Thor reached a peak in February 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is JT Thor real name?

The NBA player goes by the full name Jokhow Panom Thor.

Which team is JT Thor on?

Thor plays for the Charlotte Hornets & wears the jersey number #21.

How much is JT Thor's salary?

From his four-year deal with the Hornets, Thor's salary for the 2022-23 NBA season is $1.83 million.

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