LANCE THOMAS is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Brooklyn New York and raised in New Jersey, Lance played college basketball for the Duke University Blue Devils men's basketball team.  Thomas helped Duke win the 2010 NCAA championship, their fourth since 1991.Thomas was named to the 2009–10 ACC All-Defensive Team for 2010 and finished his college basketball career ranked 10th on Duke's all-time list in offensive rebounds (255).

In 2011, Thomas was a member of the US national team that won a bronze medal at the Pan American Games. A year later, Thomas was added to the 2012 USA Men's Select Team roster that trained against the 2012 USA Basketball Men's National Team during its July 6–12 training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Prior to the start of the 2017–18, Thomas was named Captain of the Knicks alongside Courtney Lee.