Thomas Thaddeus Hamilton (born April 3, 1975 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former NBA Basketball player.
Hamilton attended Chicago's Martin Luther King High School, graduating in 1993. He was a high school teammate of Rashard Griffith (the 38th pick in the 1995) and the pair led their school to the 1993 Illinois State Basketball Championship.
The 7-foot, 2-inch, 330+ pound Center (basketball) attended the University of Pittsburgh but did not play on the basketball team. In fact, Hamilton had never played basketball professionally (or in college) prior to the 1995.
Hamilton was signed by the Boston Celtics at the beginning of the 1995-96 season but did not appear in a game until about five weeks remained in the regular season. He spent most of the season on both the injured and suspended lists. When he was fit to play, he appeared in 11 games and scored a total of 25 points. He averaged two rebounds and nearly one block per game in limited action. His weight was listed at 360 pounds when he taken off of the suspended list and appeared in his first NBA game. In his NBA debut on March 17, 1996, Hamilton had two points, two rebounds, and two blocked shots against the New Jersey Nets. He would score a career-high 13 points and grab six rebounds in only 12 minutes against the Washington Bullets on April 10, 1996.
Hamilton was signed by the Houston Rockets at the beginning of the 1999. He played in 22 games and made seven starts. He suffered a lower back strain and placed on the injured list for nearly two months until he was released on January 13, 2000. He averaged 12.4 minutes, 3.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 0.6 blocks per game with the Rockets.
- Signed by the Toronto Raptors on October 6, 1995 (released 12 days later).
- Signed by the Boston Celtics (who needed frontcourt help) on November 24, 1995. He was placed on the injured list and then on the suspended list until he could get into adequate playing shape . He played all 11 of his games near the end of the season.
- Signed by the Chicago Bulls on October 23, 1996 (released two months later).
- Signed again by Chicago on October 6, 1997 (released two weeks later).
- Signed by the Miami Heat on January 26, 1999 (released without appearing in a game).
- Signed by the Houston Rockets (who had an injured Hakeem Olajuwon) on September 2, 1999 and started the 1999 on the Rockets 12-man active roster. He played in 22 games.
- Although he was signed by Chicago on two separate occasions, he never made the team. As a result, Hamilton never got to play for his hometown team.
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