Player Profile: Etan Thomas

#36 ETAN THOMAS
Position: Center
Height: 6-10
Weight: 260 lbs.
Birthdate: April 1, 1978
College: Syracuse
High School: Booker T Washington, Tulsa OK
NBA Years: 6
Drafted: 12th Overall (First Round) By Dallas In 2000


Career Transactions: Traded by Dallas with Christian Laettner, Courtney Alexander, Hubert Davis and Loy Vaught to Washington for Juwan Howard, Calvin Booth, and Obinna Ekezie (2/22/01).

Professionally: Is the longest-tenured Wizards player (acquired 2/22/01), and has never played in an NBA game for any other team…Started a career-high 32 games in 2006-07…Owns a career-high of 23 points (vs. MIL, 2/5/05)…Signed a restricted free agent offer sheet with the Milwaukee Bucks in the summer of 2004, but was retained by the Wizards.

Personally: Married Nichole Oliver, who was a member of the Syracuse women’s basketball team, in June of 2004…Has a son, Malcolm, and a daughter, Imani…In the summer of 2008, lent his time and energy to a new voter registration campaign – “Respect My Vote!” - combining the power of celebrity and media with 21st century grassroots organizing tactics to mobilize and educate young people between the ages of 18 and 29 who are not in college...Was a special guest of Senator Barack Obama at Howard University's Convocation in 2007…Took part in the NBA Players Association’s “Feeding One Million” campaign, a partnership with the “Feed The Children” organization in Kenya in July 2007…Was joined by NBA players Ron Artest, Derek Fisher, Theo Ratliff, and Maurice Evans in Kenya…Served as a panelist on BET’s Rap-It-Up Teen Forum, an open discussion between students and celebrities on today's hot topics including life choices, social issues and the rise of HIV/AIDS in the African American community…Also spoke at the NAACP Youth Conference & Author’s Pavilion in Detroit in 2007…Spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus weekend & the National Council of Negro Women’s Black Family Reunion in 2006 and 2007…In September 2007, was the keynote speaker at the Literary Council of Prince George's County Annual Banquet & Charity Auction…Also served as the Master of Ceremony for the Black Women United for Action’s Slave Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony in Springfield, VA…Plans to work with the Obama ‘08 Presidential campaign…Was an official spokesperson for the 21st Annual AIDS Walk Washington…With his wife, Nichole, worked at a church camp to talk with young people dealing with issues ranging from religion to societal and social problems…Frequents the Free Minds Book Club and writing workshops serving juveniles incarcerated in DC jails, and spoke at two correctional facilities - DC Prison and Prince George’s Correctional Facility - in the summer of 2007…Served as a coach at the NBPA’s Top 100 camp for the top high school seniors in the country on the campus of the University of Virginia in June 2007…Is a contributing writer for slamonline.com and huffingtonpost.com…Also contributed to Sports Illustrated for Kids…Joined a group of NBA and WNBA players at a basketball clinic at the “Seeds of Peace” camp in Maine in August 2006, in bringing together over 200 teenagers from areas of conflict in hopes the next generation can discuss ways to help resolve issues through peaceful solutions…Hosted a charity weekend and youth basketball camp in August 2006 in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma…Works with DC WritersCorp, a group of middle school and high school students who better their lives and communities through poems and the spoken word…Released a poetry book called “More Than An Athlete” in February 2005…Active in an array of organizations, including Boys and Girls Club, the Democratic National Committee, American Civil Liberties Union, Congressional Black Caucus and Rock The Vote…Also works with DC Scores — a local non-profit organization that has supported over 3,000 DC elementary students in 21 public and charter schools…Visited Grenada in 2005 and 2006 to asses the relief efforts from Hurricane Ivan after making a donation through UNICEF to the cause…Also met with Grenada’s Prime Minister, Keith Mitchell, and conducted discussions with different youth groups who were affected by the hurricane…Participated in a charity drive-thru in which athletes from the various DC sports teams collected over $35,000 in donations at RFK Stadium for the Red Cross’ Hurricane Katrina relief efforts…Hosts an annual poetry contest for 7-12th graders in the Washington DC area… Served as one of three team captains for the Wizards in 2004-05…Name “Etan” derived from “King Akhenaton” — an African king…Graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma…Named Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press as a senior at Syracuse University in 2000…Enjoys writing poetry and attending poetry readings…Resides in Mitchellville, MD.