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While Thomas is the oldest player in the league he still has some gas left in his tank and last season he played around 22 minutes per game and he averaged 4.1 ppg and a solid 5.8 rpg and shot over 51% from the floor.
For his career he has averaged 8.6 ppg and 6.9 rpg.
After the signing acting Trailblazers general manager Chad Buchanan released a statement saying, “We’re excited to be adding the experience, toughness and veteran leadership that Kurt will provide for our team.
We’ve long respected Kurt and expect him to make a strong contribution to our organization.”
Thomas’ best seasons in the league came from 2001-2005 when he played for the Knicks and averaged in double figures every season and averaged at least 7 rebounds per game. The 2004-2005 season may have been his best when he averaged a double-double (11.4 ppg and 10.4 rpg).
Thomas has been a great bench player for over a decade and will help the Blazers’ frontcourt this season.
He is 6’9″ and plays great D and can knock down the mid-range jumper.
He is a very smart player and if Greg Oden can come back they will be a solid duo.
Also, until Oden returns Thomas will be counted on to play more minutes.
Thomas will not only be a good addition for Portland for his playing, but also his leadership skills as well.
Last season the Blazers only ranked 27th in the league in rebounds per game and Thomas can help improve upon that.
However, there is a lot riding on the health of Oden and the Blazers picking up another scorer since Brandon Roy retired because of his ailing knees.
Kurt Thomas Profile
Weight: 230 lbs
Birthdate: October 4, 1972
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
College: Texas Christian