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Hawks name Thomas as assistant coach

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The Atlanta Hawks announced Friday that they hired Jim Thomas as an assistant coach.

Thomas spent the past four seasons as a scout for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"We're pleased to add Jim to our coaching staff," coach Mike 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 was also a scout and assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors (1994-99), assistant coach at Indians (2001-04) and a scout for the New York Knicks (2005-07).

After playing collegiately at Indiana, including helping the Hoosiers win the 1981 NCAA championship, Thomas was a second round draft pick of the Indiana Pacers in 1983. He spent four seasons in the NBA with the Pacers, the Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 8.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 20.9 minutes. He also played in the Continental Basketball Association, World Basketball League and with Baloncesto Murcia in Spain.
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