JT is in his 8th season in the NBA. The Sacramento Kings selected him 12th in the 2008 NBA draft. He became the longest-tenured player in Sacramento Kings history playing in 541 games. JT was in the Kings starting lineup for all seven seasons averaging 25 minute per game and becoming one of the hardest-working, most durable players ever to play there. In his eighth NBA season, he is headed to the NBA playoffs with the Toronto Raptors.
JT played four years for the Rider University Broncs where he graduated with a degree in Communications TV/Radio. While at Rider, he was MAAC player of the year, a two-time MAAC defensive player of the year and received the Haggerty Award as the best Division I basketball player in the New York area including NYC, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. He holds the Rider University record in rebounding and is 2nd all-time in scoring. Rider retired JT’s jersey and named the court in the practice gym after him. In June 2016, JT will be inducted into the Rider University Sports Hall of Fame.
JT went to Lenape High School in Medford, NJ where he led the team to an undefeated regular season and to its first New Jersey Group IV title in 2004.
After JT is done playing, he plans to pursue a career in sports broadcasting. He attended the NBPA Sportscaster U and has been getting practical broadcasting experience on local and national television and radio programs all over the country.
JT is a native of Mount Laurel, NJ where he grew up with his brother, Ryan, who also played at Lenape and Rider and currently plays professionally in Europe. His parents, Chuck and Sharyn, serve on the Jason Thompson Foundation Board of Directors.