Thomas Earl Gardner is a professional basketball player from the USA who began his playing career at the Jefferson High School in Northeast Portland. For the Democrats, Gardner helped the team win the 2000 4A Oregon State basketball title where they beat Tualatin in the finals. Their season ended at 28-0 and the team was ranked 4th in 2000. Gardner, who plays primarily as a guard, went to the University of Missouri for three seasons and was named to the All-Big-12 Third team in 2006. He averaged 19.7 points per game and following his junior year, moved to Belgium to play professionally.
At Verviers-Pepinster, Gardner played for one season before returning to the USA and to the Chicago Bulls in November of 2007. His debut came against the Phoenix Suns in a game where he just saw 5 minutes of action with 2 points. His last game for the Bulls, against the Denver Nuggets, saw him score a career-high 14 points.
Gardner played at the Rocky Mountain Revue in the Summer League and after scoring at 16.3 per game, he signed up with the Atlanta Hawks in August 2008.