Friday, November 6, 2009

Former KU basketball player Billy Thomas picked up by D-League expansion team

Former Kansas University basketball player Billy Thomas.

Former Kansas University basketball player Billy Thomas.


— A former Kansas University guard who has NBA time on his resume is the first player in the Maine Red Claws basketball franchise's history.

The new NBA development team in Portland announced Thursday that 6-foot-5 Billy Thomas will wear No. 12 for the team this season. The Red Claws acquired rights to Thomas in the third round of their NBA D-league Expansion Draft in September.

The Red Claws say the 33-year-old Thomas brings a strong outside shooting threat to the team. Once the school record holder for 3-point field goals at Kansas, Thomas has played for teams around the world, including 53 NBA games.


Dyrk Dugan 10 years, 3 months ago

good for Billy. he's still hanging in there, good to see. i know he can still fill it. in the charity game for the learning center last June, he took one step across half court and launched.....nothing but nylon.

Joel Hood 10 years, 3 months ago

Billy can shoot the ball, but he also has the problem of going cold for long stretches. Great guy, all the best, but his streaky shooting is the main reason his NBA jobs have been so short. Still, its good to know he is still lacing them up for cash.

Dan Spurgin 10 years, 3 months ago

Maine is gorgeous - even in winter! And he'll be on the coast where winter is a bit tamer. Went to college in Waterville and still have many friends in the Portland, ME area. Going to tell them to go out and catch Billy at a Lobstah Claws game... ayup!

100 10 years, 3 months ago

Billy, you are a true Globetrotter.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk

KEITHMILES05 10 years, 3 months ago

I thought he was going over seas to make some $?

JHawkEddy 10 years, 3 months ago

As a KU grad who recently moved to Portland, I can't wait to watch Billy rain 3's over fools. Glad you're here Billy but I hope it's a short stay. You should be in the NBA.

Eurekahwk 10 years, 3 months ago

I'll never understand how NBA minds work. Surely a seasoned ball player has more to offer to a team than some wet behind the ears 20 year old who has barely done anything at even the college level.

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