Steven Thomas was considered a defensive menace and a rebounding juggernaut in the ASEAN Basketball League. Spending five seasons in the league, he managed to be a Defensive Player of the Year, ranked eighth in career points and first in career rebounds, and a two-time ABL champion—worthy of being elected into the Final 21.
He made an early statement in the ABL when he played with the Indonesia Warriors. His sturdy build and massive strength on both ends of the court proved to be overwhelming against opponents; seeing this kind of game he had, the Warriors gave him the starting role to lead the team to success. The plan did not backfire as the Warriors went to the playoffs—holding on to the third seed berth. At the end of the season, Thomas was awarded as Season 3’s Defensive Player of the Year.
He became even more relentless in the 2012 Playoffs—even shocking the second-seed Patriots in the semifinal round with an absolute sweep. They then collided with the San Miguel Beermen for the ABL championship. Although dropping Game 1, Steven Thomas went beast mode with an array of double-double games to help them win two-straight games for the coveted ABL title.
His second run with the Warriors showed no signs of slowing down on grabbing boards and playing defense, but the team’s second championship stint ended drastically in the hands of the Beermen in the 2013 Finals. Still, that would not be the last time the fans would see Steven in the ABL podium.
In the 2014 season, he headed to Thailand to play for Hi-Tech Bangkok City. Playing alongside co-Final 21 nominees Chris Charles, Attaporn Lertmalaiporn and Jerick Cañada, Hi-Tech Bangkok had a stacked roster full of amazing talent which will be helpful in their latter championship run. They stunned the first-seeded Westports Malaysia Dragons to win the ABL championship—making it Thomas’ second championship title.
As his ABL career came to an end, his records still stood tall. He positioned himself eighth in all-time scoring (1,464 points) and gathered 1,519 rebounds—the most in ABL history; 563 of those rebounds were offensive boards (most career offensive rebounds in ABL history).