The Toronto Raptors announced in the offseason that they have signed guard Matt Thomas. Shams Charania of The Athletic was the first to report the terms of the deal, adding that Thomas will sign for $4.2 million over three years.
Breaking: Sources tell Eurohoops that Valencia guard Matt Thomas has agreed to a 3 year contract with the NBA defending champions Toronto Raptors. He will exercise his NBA opt-out clause with Valencia to join the Raptors- Varlas Nikos (@nikosvarlas) July 1, 2019
Who is Thomas? Here are some fast facts on Toronto's latest signing...
Thomas was born in on Aug. 4, 1994 in Decatur, Illinois. He attended Onalaska High School and was ranked as one of the top-100 recruits in the United States following his senior year - No. 51 by ESPN and No. 54 by Rivals.com.
Thomas attended Iowa State, where he averaged 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 138 games over four seasons. The 6-foot-4 guard made 254 3-pointers in his collegiate career, the third-most in the school's history.
Thomas received two All-Big 12 honorable mentions during his time at Iowa State, first in 2016 and then once again in 2017. He also made the Big 12 All-Tournament Team in 2017.
Thomas went undrafted in 2017. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers in that year's Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 9.6 points in eight games (six starts) in their championship run.
Thomas started Summer League shooting 3-for-12 from the perimeter. He then made 14 of his 16 3-point attempts in the team's final three games.
His breakout performance came against the Portland Trail Blazers in the final, when he scored 23 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting from deep.
HIGHLIGHTS: Matt Thomas follows his strong semifinals performance by going 5-5 from deep with 23 total points in tonight's win #LakersSummer pic.twitter.com/3hIWJs7QWQ- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 18, 2017
Thomas spent the last two seasons playing overseas.
In 2017-18, he averaged 15.4 points, 2.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game with Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro of Spain's Liga ACB.
In 2018-19, he averaged 11.4 points, 1.6 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game with Valencia Basket.
Thomas made 48.5 percent of his 3-point attempts in his two seasons with Obradoiro CAB and Valencia.