Tim Thomas: Personal Life, NBA & Accolades

Going back to the early 2000s, Tim Thomas would often grace the NBA arena with effortless-looking three-pointers. Known for his athletic ability, Tim established himself as one of the able players on the field. 

During his tenure, he played for a countless number of teams. However, many stated his lack of commitment to the games as one of the few reasons why he could only shine for a short time. 

Former basketball player Tim Thomas
Former basketball player Tim Thomas (Source: Instagram)

As you follow this article, we will move to cover his thirteen seasons long career in the NBA. Besides, we will dive into every single detail of Tim Thomas’ personal life and journey. 

Quick Facts

Full NameTimothy Mark Thomas
Date of BirthFebruary 26, 1977
Birth PlacePaterson, New Jersey
Nick NameTim
ReligionUnknown  
NationalityAmerican 
EthnicityUnknown  
Zodiac Sign Pisces 
Age45 Years Old
Height6 feet 10 inches (2.08 meters)
Weight240 lb (109 kg)
Hair ColorBlack 
Eye ColorBlack
BuildAthletic 
Father’s NameName Unknown
Mother’s NameName Unknown 
SiblingsUnknown 
Education
  • Paterson Catholic Regional High School
  • Villanova University 
Marital StatusMarried 
Wife Tricia Thomas
KidsFour 
ProfessionFormer basketball player
PositionSmall forward / Power forward
Playing LeagueNational Basketball Association (NBA)
NBA Draft1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Affiliations
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • New York Knicks
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Phoenix Sun
  • Los Angeles Clippers
  • Dallas Mavericks 
Playing Career1997–2010
Net Worth$38 million
MerchTrading Cards
Social MediaInstagram
Last Update June 2022

Body Measurements 

Tim Thomas depicts a strong body frame with an athletically ripped physique. Thomas stands at the towering height of 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 meters) while weighing 240 lb (109 kg). 

As for his physical appearance, Tim has a chocolate-colored skin tone with jet black hair and eyes. He has a light presence of hair. 

Tim Thomas | Early Life

Thomas (fully named Timothy Mark Thomas) was born on February 26, 1977, under the star sign Pisces. He was born in Paterson, New Jersey. 

Like most of the players, Tim Thomas has kept his family details and early days in the shade. He has not opened up yet about his family background, parents’ names, siblings, and many more. 

We will be sure to update the details soon on his childhood days. 

Tim Thomas accomplished his high school education at Paterson Catholic Regional High School. Following it, he enrolled at Villanova University.

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Tim Thomas | Career

Right from his high school days, Tim Thomas was flourishing in the basketball arena. Back in 1996, he was selected to the McDonald’s All-American team. 

By the end of his high school days, Tim stood as the No.2 recruit after Kobe Bryant. Back then, he started his desire to enter the NBA after high school directly; however, he did switch to Villanova University for a year. 

Tim Thomas during a match
Tim Thomas during a match (Source: Heavy.com)

With the team, he played under the head coach Steve Lappas and bagged the Big East Rookie of the Year award. 

The Professional Arena 

Tim Thomas entered the professional field through the 1997 NBA Draft. Back then, the New Jersey Nets selected him as the 7th overall pick in the first round. 

However, without playing a single match, the Nets traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers. Right in his rookie years, Tim Thomas gave a solid performance and hence was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie 2nd Team.

In 1999, Tim was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, where he showed a consistent rise in his performance. The Chicago Bulls had also offered him an attractive offer to play on their team during his timeframe.

But then, the Bucks had also given him an option to renew his contract. Hence, Tim stayed with the Bucks after the contract renewal. 

“If he wanted to, Tim Thomas could be the best player in the league.” – Then-teammate Ray Allen 

Following these years till the end of his career, Tim Thomas then enters to play with multiple teams. Well, he only spent a year or less with other teams that including New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, and Dallas Mavericks. 

The 2005-06 season became the most successful and competitive for him. Back then, he was playing for the Phoenix Suns and bagged major wins against the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers. 

Tim Thomas | Retirement 

Though Tim Thomas had never officially announced his retirement from the professional field, he had to leave the games in September 2010. He had recently signed a one-year deal with the Mavericks. 

After signing in August, just a month later, he asked the team to leave so that the player could take care of his sick wife. Since then, he has been good in the field. 

“The situation is that my wife [Tricia] has a few things to take care of. Just the timing was bad. I don’t want people to think she’s on her deathbed or anything like that. She had some things to take care of, and she just wanted me to be home [in Los Angeles] when she had to go through them.” – Tim Thomas

Injury History 

Back in 2004, during game 1 of the Knicks’ first-round playoff series against the Nets, Tim Thomas faced his foremost injury in the match. 

According to the sources, he sustained an elbow injury, and hence, he was out of the games for the rest of the playoff season. Not to mention, this same incident gave birth to a long feud with Nets forward Kenyon Martin. 

Moving on, just a year later, Tim sustained a knee and a back injury after playing only three games for the Chicago Bulls in the 2005-06 season. Therewith, he stayed out of the games for four months which is one of the reasons why the Bulls traded him.

In 2006 while Tim was playing for the Los Angeles Clippers, he faced multiple injuries. Due to the injuries, he had then missed out on a total of twenty games. 

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Feud with Kenyon Martin 

Indeed, Tim Thomas and Kenyon Martin had a long feud that dates back to April 17, 2004, when the New Jersey Nets were playing against the New York Knicks. 

As per the sources, the feud occurred when Jason Collins was attempting to block Thomas’ shot; however, he knocked him to the ground. Right then, Kenyon Martin was on the defense. 

Not to mention, this is also the same incident that ended up Thomas being on the stretcher and missing the rest of the playoff season. 

Tim had a feud with Kenyon
Tim had a feud with Kenyon (Source: news.yahoo.com)

After the incident, when the media talked with Tim Thomas, he stated Martin to be a “fugazi.” Well, fugazi states ‘fake’ in the layman’s term of the mafia. 

Hence, as a response, Martin wore a practice jersey that read “Whiny Tim.” Later on, as the issue got bigger, Tim Thomas asked Martin to come inside the ring and have a boxing match. 

However, Martin declined his offer stating that Tim was being childish. 

“Don’t be part of the circus, dog. You know what they say if you entertain clowns, right? I’m a 39-year-old grown-ass man, dog. If that was going to happen, I would have took care of it seven years ago. I moved on, and I got kids at home. I don’t got time for that. It’s childish.” – Kenyon Martin. 

Awards and Highlights 

  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1998)
  • Third-team All-Big East (1997)
  • Big East Freshman of the Year (1997)
  • McDonald’s All-American (1996)
  • 2× First-team Parade All-American (1995 and 1996)
  • Second-team Parade All-American (1994)

Tim Thomas | Net Worth 

According to the sources, Tim Thomas maintains a net worth of $38 million as of today. Additionally, he has career earnings of $140,792,080. 

During his career, Tim had signed a six-year contract with the Bucks that was worth roughly $66 million. Likewise, with the Los Angeles Clippers, he maintained a four-year, $24 million contract. 

Tim Thomas | Personal Life 

Indeed, Tim Thomas spends a lavish lifestyle with his family. He has two mansions altogether; one in Hidden Hills, California, and the other in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Furthermore, Tim Thomas is a married man with four children. He tied the knot with his long-time love, Tricia Thomas. 

Tim with his wife, Tricia
Tim with his wife, Tricia (Source: Instagram)

Unfortunately, he hasn’t given any details regarding his love life and wife. 

Social Media 

If you are interested in checking out Tim Thomas’ personal uploads and posts, be sure to check out his social media sites. 

He is on Instagram as Tim Thomas (@kingtimthomas) with 50.2k followers. Likewise, you can also check out his sports academy Tim Thomas Basketball Academy. 

It’s on Instagram as @timthomasacademy, or we search it as Tim Thomas Academy.  

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FAQs

What is Tim Thomas’ career statistic like?

During his NBA regular season, Chris Hunter has played a total of 824 games and saved 408 games. He has maintained a field goal percentage of .437 and a free throw percentage of .758.

Likewise, he has averaged 4.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals, and 11.5 points.  

Which jersey number did Tim Thomas wear?

During his playing career, Tim Thomas wore jersey number 1 for the Philadelphia 76ers, 5 for the Milwaukee Bucks, and numbers 5 and 2 for the New York Knicks. 

Likewise, he wore the number 2 for the Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Clippers as well. Moreover, he wore number 7 for the Dallas Mavericks.

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