The Hawks hired Jim Thomas as an assistant coach Friday, completing the staff of Mike Budenholzer.
Thomas, 52, most recently served a college scout with the Thunder the past four years. He was also an assistant coach and scout with the Raptors and a scout with the Knicks.
“We’re pleased to add Jim to our coaching staff,” Budenholzer said in a statement. “He’s been a part of a number of successful programs, and his coaching and playing experience will blend well with our group.”
Thomas played in the NBA for the Pacers, Clippers and Timberwolves from 1983-90. He was drafted by the Pacers in the second round (No. 40 overall) of the 1983 NBA draft. He appeared in nine NBA games after two full seasons with the Pacers, when he averaged 5.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 152 games. He also played professionally in the World Basketball League, the Continental Basketball Association and in Spain.
Thomas played college basketball at Indiana where he was the starting shooting guard on the 1981 national championship team. He was also drafted in the 10th round of the 1983 NFL draft by the Packers as a defensive back.
Thomas joins Quin Synder, Darvin Ham, Taylor Jenkins and Kenny Atkinson on the Hawks’ new staff. He will be a behind-the-bench assistant during games.
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