Hometown: Mount Laurel, NJ
Selected by Sacramento as a senior out of Rider with the 12th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft ... Signed a multi-year contract with Sacramento (7/8/08) ... A restricted free agent, re-signed by Sacramento to a multi-year contract (7/11/12).
NBA CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Averaging 10.5 ppg (.498 FG%, 1-23 3pt, .663 FT%), 7.2 rpg, 1.3 apg, and 27.2 mpg in 296 career games (started 200) in four seasons with Sacramento ... Has scored 10-plus points in 160 career games, tallied 20 or more points on 18 occasions, and logged 65 double-doubles ... Scored a career-high 27 points (9-15 FG, 9-10 FT) vs. Houston (11/13/09) ... Made a career-high 11 field goals en route to a team-high 23 points and a game-best 12 rebounds in 34 minutes vs. Minnesota (12/12/09) ... Made first career 3-pointer vs. San Antonio (4/6/10) ... Only the second rookie in the Sacramento era to play an entire season (2008-09) without missing a game (other was Michael Smith in 1994-95) ... First Kings player since Vlade Divac in 2001-02 to grab more than 200 offensive rebounds in a season ... Registered a double-double in NBA debut at Minnesota (10/29/08), the only Kings rookie since Jerry Lucas 46 years ago to register a double-double in first pro game.
2011-12 REGULAR SEASON:
Averaged 9.1 ppg (a career-best .535 FG%, 0-2 3pt, .602 FT%), 6.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, and 25.9 mpg in 64 games (started 47) ... Missed two games due to a sprained left ankle (3/24/12, 3/26/12) ... Scored in double-figures in 30 games, 20 or more in three games ... Grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 18 games ... Recorded 15 double-doubles ... Led Kings in field goal percentage, second in rebounding ... Led Kings in scoring in one game, rebounding in 14, and assists in one. Top-Single Game Performances: Recorded seventh double-double of the season with season-high 21 points (10-12 FG, 1-3 FT) and game-high 15 rebounds while also recording four assists, one steal, and one block in 40 minutes. Recorded a double-double with 15 points (7-13 FG, 1-1 FT) and a season-high 16 rebounds to go along with one assist and one block in 40 minutes vs. Golden State (2/4/12).
2010-11 REGULAR SEASON:
Averaged 8.8 ppg (.507 FG%, 0-2 3pt, .605 FT%), 6.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, and 23.3 mpg in 75 games (started 39) ... As a starter, averaged 9.6 ppg (.502 FG%, 0-1 3pt, .660 FT%), 6.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, and 24.6 mpg in 39 games ... As a reserve, averaged 8.0 ppg (.515 FG%, 0-2 3pt, .543 FT%), 6.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, and 21.9 mpg in 36 games ... DNP-CD in two games ... On Inactive List (right ring finger laceration - seven stitches) in three games ... DND - sprained right ankle in two games (2/1/11, 2/4/11) ... Scored in double-figures in 31 games, 20-plus in two games ... Grabbed 10-plus rebounds in 11 games ... Recorded nine double-doubles ... Led team in scoring in three games, rebounding in 11, and assists in two. Top-Single Game Performances: Twice scored season-high 22 points - vs. Washington (12/8/10) and at Detroit (1/15/11) ... Tallied 22 points (10-15 FG, 2-2 FT), a season-high 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks in 38 minutes vs. Washington (12/8/10).
2009-10 REGULAR SEASON:
Averaged career-high 12.5 ppg (.472 FG%, 1-10 3pt, .715 FT%), a team-leading 8.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.97 bpg, and 31.4 mpg in 75 games (started 58) ... As a starter, posted 13.0 ppg (.473 FG%, .111 3pt%, .724 FT%), 8.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.12 bpg, and 33.3 mpg ... Missed two games due to personal reasons (2/3/10, 2/5/10) and five contests with non-displaced lower back fractures (2/26-3/5/10) ... Ranked 21st in the NBA in rebounding and 37th in blocks ... Notched five consecutive double-doubles from Nov. 4 thru Nov. 13 ... Scored in double-figures 50 times and tallied 20 or more points in nine contests ... Corralled 10-plus rebounds in 28 games and logged 24 double-doubles ... Led the Kings in scoring six times, rebounding in 28 games, and assists on six occasions ... Scored a career-high 27 points (9-15 FG, 9-10 FT) to accompany a game-high 11 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 37 minutes vs. Houston (11/13/09) ... Netted 22 points (7-15 FG, 8-9 FT), a game-high 12 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and one block in 40 minutes vs. Atlanta (11/4/09) ... Hauled in a game-best 14 rebounds to go with a team-high 21 points (6-15 FG, 9-10 FT), two steals, and a block in 40 minutes vs. Oklahoma City (11/10/09) ... Made a career-high 11 field goals en route to a team-high 23 points and a game-best 12 rebounds in 34 minutes vs. Minnesota (12/12/09) ... Logged a career-most 50 minutes against Cleveland (12/23/09), contributing 18 points (7-14 FG, 4-5 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, and one steal ... Made first career 3-pointer vs. San Antonio (4/6/10).
2008-09 REGULAR SEASON:
Averaged 11.1 ppg (.497 FG%, 0-8 3pt, .692 FT%), 7.4 rpg, 1.1 apg, and 28.1 mpg in 82 games (started 56) as a rookie ... Only the second rookie in the Sacramento era to play an entire season without missing a game (other was Michael Smith in 1994-95) ... Finished eighth in the NBA in total offensive rebounds (234) and 15th in offensive rebounds per game (2.9) ... Also ranked 25th in the NBA in field goal percentage and 29th in rebounding ... Among NBA rookies, placed ninth in scoring, third in rebounding, field goal percentage, and double-doubles (17), 12th in assists, fifth in blocks, and eighth in minutes per game ... Led the league in offensive rebounds during the month of April (4.8 per game) ... First Kings player since Vlade Divac in 2001-02 to grab more than 200 offensive rebounds in a season ... Registered a double-double in NBA debut at Minnesota (10/29/08), the only Kings rookie since Jerry Lucas 46 years ago to register a double-double in first pro game ... Led Kings in total rebounds (606), joining Lionel Simmons (1990-91) as the only Kings rookies in the Sac-era to lead the team in total rebounds in a season ... Tied a Sac-era single-game rookie record by snatching 19 rebounds at Golden State (4/1/09), sharing the mark with Michael Stewart (1/12/98 vs. Phoenix) and Simmons (2/6/91 vs. Portland) ... Set a new Sac-era single-game rookie record with 10 offensive rebounds vs. Denver (12/6/09), surpassing Stewart's mark of nine achieved on two occasions during the 1997-98 campaign (12/22/97 vs. Minnesota & 1/2/98 against Vancouver) ... Shot 50% or better from the field in 43 contests ... Reached double-figures in scoring 49 times and scored 20-plus points on four occasions ... Hauled in 10 or more rebounds in 22 games ... Led the team in scoring three times, rebounding in 27 games, and assists in three contests ... Registered a then career-high 23 points (7-11 FG, 9-10 FT) to accompany six rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 30 minutes at Phoenix (4/3/09) ... Tallied 22 points (4-5 FG, career-high 14-15 FT), a team-high 11 rebounds, two assists, and one block in 35 minutes vs. Milwaukee (1/16/09).
Averaged 16.7 ppg (.526 FG%, .291 3pt%, .667 FT%), 9.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, and 1.93 bpg in 122 career games (started 112) in four seasons at Rider (2004-05 – 2007-08) ... Named 2007-08 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a senior, averaging 20.4 ppg (.560 FG%, .324 3pt%, .581 FT%), 12.1 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.06 spg, and 2.70 bpg in starting all 34 games in which he played in, ranking second in the country in rebounding behind Kansas State's Michael Beasley (12.4 rpg), 29th nationally in scoring, and 18th in blocked shots (91) ... Also earned First Team All-Conference and MAAC Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season ... Earned United States Basketball Writers Association District II Player of the Year and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American honors ... Named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year in junior (2006-07) and senior seasons ... Finished second in the MAAC in scoring (behind Niagara's Charron Fisher, 27.6 ppg) and blocked shots (trailing Tomas Vazquez-Simmons of Canisius, 2.80 bpg) ... First NCAA player in 12 years to register at least three 20-point, 20-rebound performances in one year ... Holds the Broncs' single-game rebounding record with 24 rebounds vs. Siena (2/10/08) ... Rewrote school annals for single-season rebounds (412) in 2007-08, surpassing the 328 amassed by Steve Jefferson in 1971-72 ... Established a new Rider single- season scoring total with 694 points, eclipsing the previous mark held by Darrick Suber (665 in 1992-93) ... Sits atop the Broncs' all-time list with 275 field goals made in a season ... Swatted seven shots in consecutive games vs. Delaware (11/17/07) and Fairleigh Dickinson (11/19/07), posting school records for blocks in a single contest ... Recorded 24 double-doubles ... Hauled in a career-high 24 rebounds to complement 26 points (9-20 FG, 0-1 3pt, 8-12 FT), three assists, and five blocks vs. Siena (2/10/08) ... Notched a career-high 33 points (13-18 FG, 1-2 3pt, 6-10 FT) to go with 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and three blocks vs. St. Peter's (2/29/08) ... Finished career alone at the top of Rider annals in rebounds (1,171), and blocks (235), and third all-time in scoring with 2,040 points ... Only player in MAAC history to total more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career ... Accrued 55 double-doubles, also a MAAC record ... Recipient of the Gil Rossi Award in each of his last three collegiate seasons, bestowed upon Rider's MVP ... Led the conference in scoring and rebounding as a junior (2006-07), averaging 20.1 ppg and 10.1 rpg (ranking 24th & 10th in the nation respectively) en route to Mid-Major All-American honors ... Joined Kevin Durant of Texas and Nick Fazekas of Nevada as the only players in the nation to average a double-double in 2006-07 ... Registered Rider's first 20/20 performance in team history with 23 points and a then career-high 20 rebounds vs. Manhattan (2/9/07) ... Named a second team All-MAAC selection as a sophomore (2005-06), finishing seventh in the conference in scoring (16.6 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (8.4 rpg) ... Started 21 games as a true freshman (2004-05), averaging 9.1 ppg and a team-leading 7.4 rpg, earning All-Conference status and CollegeInsider.com Freshman All-American accolades.
Full name is Jason Thompson ... Age 26 ... Nickname is "JT" ... Son of Chuck and Sharyn Thompson ... Had his Rider jersey number retired prior to the game against Marist College (1/5/09)—just the fifth uniform, and only second basketball number to be honored in school history ... Younger brother Ryan also starred at Rider and was a two-time All-MAAC selection ... Is the 12th player in franchise history to don number 34 (last was Corliss Williamson) ... Is the third Kings player in the last 13 NBA Drafts to be selected as a senior (others – Dan Dickau in 2002 & Brian Grant in 1994) ... Only the second Rider player ever drafted by the NBA, joining Greg Cisson (10th round by Philadelphia in the 1968 NBA Draft) and just the second athlete from the school tabbed in the first round of any professional draft (other was Jeff Kunkel, picked third overall by Texas in the 1983 MLB draft) ... Donates tickets to Kings games each season as part of the Kings for the Community program, hosting groups of underprivileged children and families living in the Sacramento area ... Averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds at Lenape High (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) as a senior (2003-04), helping his team to a 28-1 record and the school's first ever state title ... Named first-team All-State Group IV and was selected to play in the New Jersey North-South All-Star game ... Majored in communications in college ... Most memorable moments in his basketball career thus far include being drafted by the Kings and winning a high school state championship ... Lists his parents as the people he most admires ... Spends leisure time with family and friends, listening to music, and going to the movies ... Favorite films are "He Got Game" and "New Jack City" ... Shoe size 20 (Nike).
- 11/14/12: JT's Blog: Hard Work Never Stops
- 10/12/12: JT's Blog Returns
- 10/01/12: JT: Media Day 12-13
- 7/30/12: Watch: Jerry's Take on No. 34
- 7/27/12: Kings Welcome Back JT | Jason Talks with Media
- 7/12/12: Kings Re-Sign Jason Thompson
- 6/26/12: Kings Extend Qualifying Offer To Jason Thompson
- 1/06/12: Watch: Where Does JT's Crushing Dunk on Kaman Rank?
- 12/19/11: Past, Present, Future: Jason Thompson
- 4/13/11: Jr. Kings See How They Measure Up To JT, D-Block
- 1/28/11: Watch: American Dream - JT (Trailer)
- 11/14/10: Watch: Kings Interact With Fans Throughout Sacramento
- 10/25/10: Kings Exercise Option on JT
- 10/06/10: JT, DG Donate Season Tix To Local Youth
- 8/06/10: Watch: The Donte' Greene Show - Battle of DG & JT
- 6/13/10: Watch: Jason Thompson Visits "Kings on L"
- 3/29/10: Watch: At Home With Jason Thompson
- 10/23/10: Kings Exercise Option on JT
- 6/06/09: Watch: Kings Veterans prank Jason Thompson
- 7/08/08: Kings Sign Jason Thompson
- Snapbacks or fitted hats?
- Favorite app on your phone?
- Twitter or Instagram.
- What superhero would you be in a comic book?
- Who has the best style on the team?
- Francisco Garcia.
- How many times do you hit snooze in the morning?
- One or two.
- All-time favorite sneakers?
- Best singer on the team?
- Best dancer on the team?
- How many songs are on your MP3 player?
- Person you admire the most?
- My parents.
- Goal for the team this season?
- Personal goal for the season?
- Average a double-double.