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Marcus Thornton

28-Year-Old    SG    Houston Rockets

2015-16 NBA Stats

PTS

10.0

REB

2.4

AST

1.4

STL

0.7

BLK

0.1

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2015-16 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Thornton started out last season on the Celtics before finishing the season on a nine-game stint with the Suns. Through 48 combined games between the Celtics and Suns, he averaged 7.9 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.1 blocks in 15 minutes per game. The s...

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HT: 6' 4"   WT: 195 lbs   DOB: 6/5/1987  College: Louisiana State   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd, #43 Overall in 2009   Show ContractHide Contract

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Thornton tallied 15 points (5-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three assists, one rebound, one steal, and one block in 25 minutes during the Rockets' 123-110 loss to the Warriors on Tuesday.

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Marcus Thornton NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2009-10 22 73 25.7 14.5 2.9 1.6 0.8 0.2 1.6 45.1 81.4 1.0 1.0 1.9 4.3 37.4 5.5 12.1 2.0 2.4
2010-11 23 NOP 46 16.2 7.8 2.8 0.9 0.4 0.1 0.8 41.0 75.8 0.8 0.5 2.3 2.0 37.6 3.0 7.3 1.1 1.4
2010-11 23 SAC 27 38.1 21.3 4.7 3.4 1.7 0.2 2.0 45.0 80.5 2.1 1.3 3.4 5.4 36.1 7.9 17.5 3.5 4.4
2010-11 23 NOP/SAC 73 24.3 12.8 3.5 1.8 0.9 0.1 1.2 43.4 78.8 1.3 0.8 2.7 3.3 36.7 4.8 11.1 2.0 2.5
2011-12 24 SAC 51 34.9 18.7 3.7 1.9 1.4 0.2 2.1 43.8 86.5 1.6 1.6 2.0 6.1 34.5 6.9 15.7 2.8 3.2
2012-13 25 SAC 72 24.0 12.7 2.5 1.3 0.8 0.1 2.0 42.9 88.1 0.9 0.7 1.8 5.3 37.2 4.6 10.8 1.5 1.8
2013-14 26 BKN 26 23.8 12.3 2.8 1.2 1.0 0.1 2.0 41.4 80.0 1.1 0.7 2.2 5.3 38.0 4.2 10.2 1.8 2.3
2013-14 26 SAC 46 24.4 8.3 2.7 1.0 0.7 0.2 1.2 38.1 80.8 0.8 0.8 1.8 3.9 31.8 3.1 8.1 0.9 1.1
2013-14 26 BKN/SAC 72 24.2 9.8 2.8 1.1 0.8 0.2 1.5 39.4 80.4 0.9 0.8 2.0 4.4 34.5 3.5 8.9 1.3 1.6
2014-15 27 BOS 39 16.4 8.9 1.9 0.9 0.5 0.2 1.3 41.6 82.4 0.6 0.5 1.4 3.2 41.9 3.3 7.8 1.1 1.3
2014-15 27 PHO 9 9.0 3.6 1.4 0.2 0.7 0.0 0.2 32.5 80.0 0.6 0.4 1.0 2.1 10.5 1.4 4.4 0.4 0.6
2014-15 27 BOS/PHO 48 15.0 7.9 1.8 0.8 0.6 0.1 1.1 40.6 82.1 0.6 0.5 1.3 3.0 37.8 2.9 7.2 1.0 1.2
2015-16 28 HOU 47 18.8 10.0 2.4 1.4 0.7 0.1 1.6 40.0 87.9 0.9 0.7 1.8 4.6 33.8 3.7 9.3 1.1 1.2
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Marcus Thornton NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 3 18.0 8.7 1.0 1.3 0.7 0.3 1.0 36.0 83.3 1.7 0.0 1.0 4.7 21.4 3.0 8.3 1.7 2.0
Last 14 Days 5 17.0 9.6 1.8 1.4 0.6 0.2 1.4 38.6 87.5 1.0 0.2 1.6 5.2 26.9 3.4 8.8 1.4 1.6
Last 30 Days 14 16.7 8.4 2.1 1.6 0.4 0.1 1.3 34.4 92.9 0.8 0.6 1.5 4.5 28.6 3.1 8.9 0.9 1.0
Last 5 Games 5 17.0 9.6 1.8 1.4 0.6 0.2 1.4 38.6 87.5 1.0 0.2 1.6 5.2 26.9 3.4 8.8 1.4 1.6
Last 10 Games 10 15.4 7.4 2.1 1.4 0.4 0.2 1.3 32.5 90.0 0.8 0.7 1.4 4.4 29.5 2.6 8.0 0.9 1.0
Last 20 Games 20 17.0 8.8 2.1 1.3 0.5 0.1 1.3 35.6 86.7 1.1 0.6 1.5 4.3 29.1 3.1 8.7 1.3 1.5

 

2015-16 NBA Game Log   Marcus Thornton
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Date Opp MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
2016-2Feb 10 @POR 14 6 1 1 0 0 3 2 6 1 2 1 4 0 1 5
2016-2Feb 9 @GSW 25 15 1 3 1 1 2 5 12 4 4 1 5 0 1 4
2016-2Feb 6 POR 15 5 1 0 1 0 0 2 7 0 0 1 5 0 1 0
2016-2Feb 4 @PHO 8 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 2 2 0 5 1 0 0
2016-2Feb 2 MIA 23 18 5 3 1 0 0 7 11 0 0 4 7 0 5 1
2016-1Jan 30 WAS Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 29 @OKC 10 2 4 2 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 3 3 1 0
2016-1Jan 27 @SAS 21 2 5 3 0 1 0 0 6 2 2 0 2 2 3 1
2016-1Jan 25 @NOP 17 12 1 2 0 0 1 4 10 0 0 4 7 0 1 3
2016-1Jan 24 DAL 7 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 2 1 1 3
2016-1Jan 22 MIL 14 10 0 0 0 0 0 4 12 0 0 2 4 0 0 1
2016-1Jan 20 DET 19 8 2 1 1 0 0 3 9 2 2 0 3 1 1 4
2016-1Jan 18 @LAC 22 23 3 5 1 0 1 9 15 0 0 5 9 0 3 2
2016-1Jan 17 @LAL 21 10 1 2 0 0 1 4 11 2 2 0 3 0 1 1
2016-1Jan 15 CLE 18 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 10 0 0 0 4 1 2 0
2016-1Jan 13 MIN 13 9 0 1 1 0 3 2 6 5 6 0 3 0 0 3
2016-1Jan 12 @MEM 15 16 2 1 0 0 1 5 10 3 3 3 5 1 1 2
2016-1Jan 10 IND 23 2 3 1 1 0 0 1 7 0 1 0 2 1 2 1
2016-1Jan 7 UTA 18 12 3 0 2 0 4 4 9 3 4 1 4 0 3 0
2016-1Jan 4 @UTA Did Not Play
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2016-1Jan 2 @SAS Did Not Play
2015-12Dec 31 GSW 26 10 0 0 0 0 2 4 12 0 0 2 6 0 0 4
2015-12Dec 29 ATL Did Not Play
2015-12Dec 26 @NOP 11 9 3 0 0 0 0 3 5 2 2 1 3 1 2 1
2015-12Dec 25 SAS Did Not Play
2015-12Dec 23 @ORL 18 8 2 2 1 0 0 2 8 2 2 2 6 0 2 1
2015-12Dec 21 CHA 14 13 1 1 1 0 2 4 7 3 4 2 4 0 1 2
2015-12Dec 19 LAC 19 11 3 1 1 0 0 2 7 7 7 0 2 1 2 2
2015-12Dec 17 @LAL Did Not Play
2015-12Dec 15 @SAC 6 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
2015-12Dec 14 @DEN 21 13 1 2 0 0 1 4 8 2 2 3 4 0 1 3
2015-12Dec 12 LAL 16 18 3 3 0 0 0 7 13 0 0 4 8 0 3 0
2015-12Dec 9 @WAS 20 9 1 1 1 0 2 4 10 0 0 1 5 0 1 1
2015-12Dec 8 @BKN 26 32 6 3 3 0 1 12 18 3 3 5 8 0 6 0
2015-12Dec 5 SAC 5 3 2 2 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 1 2 0 2 0
2015-12Dec 4 @DAL 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2015-12Dec 2 NOP 11 6 3 0 0 0 2 3 5 0 0 0 1 1 2 2
2015-11Nov 30 @DET 22 18 6 1 2 0 2 5 13 4 4 4 8 2 4 2
2015-11Nov 29 @NYK 21 18 0 1 1 0 1 6 11 4 4 2 5 0 0 0
2015-11Nov 27 PHI 9 6 2 0 0 0 1 3 5 0 0 0 1 0 2 1
2015-11Nov 25 MEM 15 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 2 0 2 0 0 1
2015-11Nov 21 NYK 19 12 2 0 0 0 1 5 9 0 0 2 4 0 2 2
2015-11Nov 20 @MEM 22 5 3 0 1 0 0 2 12 0 0 1 5 2 1 2
2015-11Nov 18 POR 15 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 1 5 1 1 0
2015-11Nov 16 BOS 12 8 0 1 1 0 0 3 8 0 0 2 4 0 0 1
2015-11Nov 14 DAL 18 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 9 0 0 0 4 0 5 0
2015-11Nov 13 @DEN 18 4 4 1 1 0 0 2 8 0 0 0 4 0 4 0
2015-11Nov 11 BKN 35 21 3 7 4 1 0 9 15 0 0 3 9 1 2 2
2015-11Nov 7 @LAC 38 16 4 3 3 0 1 7 15 0 0 2 7 1 3 4
2015-11Nov 6 @SAC 42 16 7 2 1 0 1 6 16 0 0 4 10 4 3 5
2015-11Nov 4 ORL 29 18 3 3 1 0 1 8 14 0 0 2 5 2 1 0
2015-11Nov 2 OKC 37 12 7 1 1 0 1 5 14 0 0 2 6 2 5 1
2015-11Nov 1 @MIA 31 21 2 2 0 0 2 8 16 0 0 5 9 0 2 4
2015-10Oct 30 GSW Did Not Play
2015-10Oct 28 DEN Did Not Play
Marcus Thornton Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Marcus Thornton – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#3 Small Forward
Also Listed As:  #3 Shooting Guard

1.  Corey Brewer

2.  Trevor Ariza

3.  Marcus Thornton

4.  James Harden

5.  K.J. McDaniels

6.  Josh Smith

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True Shooting Percentage

51.2%

True Shooting % in 2015-16

In 2015-16, Marcus Thornton has a true shooting percentage of 51.2%.

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Marcus Thornton NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2009-10 22 73 36.0 20.3 4.1 2.2 1.1 0.2 2.2 45.1 81.4 1.5 1.4 2.7 6.0 37.4 7.6 17.0 2.8 3.4
2010-11 23 NOP 46 36.0 17.3 6.3 2.1 0.9 0.2 1.7 41.0 75.8 1.8 1.2 5.1 4.5 37.6 6.6 16.1 2.4 3.2
2010-11 23 SAC 27 36.0 20.1 4.4 3.2 1.6 0.2 1.9 45.0 80.5 2.0 1.3 3.2 5.1 36.1 7.4 16.5 3.3 4.1
2010-11 23 NOP/SAC 73 36.0 18.9 5.2 2.7 1.3 0.2 1.8 43.4 78.8 1.9 1.2 4.0 4.9 36.7 7.1 16.4 2.9 3.7
2011-12 24 SAC 51 36.0 19.3 3.8 2.0 1.4 0.2 2.2 43.8 86.5 1.7 1.7 2.1 6.3 34.5 7.1 16.2 2.9 3.3
2012-13 25 SAC 72 36.0 19.1 3.8 1.9 1.3 0.1 2.9 42.9 88.1 1.4 1.0 2.7 7.9 37.2 6.9 16.1 2.3 2.6
2013-14 26 BKN 26 36.0 18.6 4.3 1.7 1.6 0.2 3.0 41.4 80.0 1.7 1.0 3.3 8.0 38.0 6.4 15.4 2.8 3.5
2013-14 26 SAC 46 36.0 12.3 4.0 1.5 1.0 0.3 1.8 38.1 80.8 1.2 1.3 2.7 5.7 31.8 4.6 12.0 1.3 1.7
2013-14 26 BKN/SAC 72 36.0 14.5 4.1 1.6 1.2 0.2 2.3 39.4 80.4 1.4 1.2 2.9 6.5 34.5 5.2 13.2 1.9 2.3
2014-15 27 BOS 39 36.0 19.6 4.1 1.9 1.2 0.4 2.9 41.6 82.4 1.2 1.1 3.0 7.0 41.9 7.1 17.2 2.4 2.9
2014-15 27 PHO 9 36.0 14.2 5.8 0.9 2.7 0.0 0.9 32.5 80.0 2.2 1.8 4.0 8.4 10.5 5.8 17.8 1.8 2.2
2014-15 27 BOS/PHO 48 36.0 19.0 4.3 1.8 1.3 0.3 2.7 40.6 82.1 1.3 1.1 3.1 7.1 37.8 7.0 17.2 2.3 2.8
2015-16 28 HOU 47 36.0 19.2 4.7 2.7 1.4 0.1 3.0 40.0 87.9 1.6 1.3 3.4 8.8 33.8 7.1 17.7 2.1 2.4
Rest Of Season Projections 28 HOU 21 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Marcus Thornton
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Marcus Thornton NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2009-10 22 73 1873 1057 211 114 58 11 117 45.1 81.4 76 72 139 313 37.4 398 883 144 177
2010-11 23 NOP 46 745 359 131 43 19 4 35 41.0 75.8 37 25 106 93 37.6 137 334 50 66
2010-11 23 SAC 27 1030 574 127 92 45 5 53 45.0 80.5 56 36 91 147 36.1 213 473 95 118
2010-11 23 NOP/SAC 73 1775 933 258 135 64 9 88 43.4 78.8 93 61 197 240 36.7 350 807 145 184
2011-12 24 SAC 51 1780 952 188 98 71 12 107 43.8 86.5 84 84 104 310 34.5 352 803 141 163
2012-13 25 SAC 72 1726 916 181 91 61 4 141 42.9 88.1 68 50 131 379 37.2 332 774 111 126
2013-14 26 BKN 26 620 320 74 30 27 3 52 41.4 80.0 29 18 56 137 38.0 110 266 48 60
2013-14 26 SAC 46 1121 383 124 47 31 8 57 38.1 80.8 38 39 85 179 31.8 142 373 42 52
2013-14 26 BKN/SAC 72 1741 703 198 77 58 11 109 39.4 80.4 67 57 141 316 34.5 252 639 90 112
2014-15 27 BOS 39 640 348 73 34 21 7 52 41.6 82.4 22 19 54 124 41.9 127 305 42 51
2014-15 27 PHO 9 81 32 13 2 6 0 2 32.5 80.0 5 4 9 19 10.5 13 40 4 5
2014-15 27 BOS/PHO 48 721 380 86 36 27 7 54 40.6 82.1 27 23 63 143 37.8 140 345 46 56
2015-16 28 HOU 47 885 472 115 66 34 3 73 40.0 87.9 40 31 84 216 33.8 174 435 51 58
Rest Of Season Projections 28 HOU 21 179 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Marcus Thornton
Preseason Projections 28 HOU 31 332 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for Marcus Thornton

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Marcus Thornton NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2009-10 22 73 25.7 55.0 51.7 9.9 6.6 1.5 11.7
2010-11 23 NOP 46 16.2 49.4 46.3 9.7 8.4 1.2 6.7
2010-11 23 SAC 27 38.1 54.7 50.6 13.7 8.3 1.6 18.7
2010-11 23 NOP/SAC 73 24.3 52.5 48.8 12.1 8.3 1.5 11.1
2011-12 24 SAC 51 34.9 54.4 50.5 9.3 7.9 1.2 15.0
2012-13 25 SAC 72 24.0 55.2 52.0 9.2 6.9 1.3 10.1
2013-14 26 BKN 26 23.8 54.7 51.1 8.5 8.3 1.0 9.9
2013-14 26 SAC 46 24.4 48.4 45.7 9.8 7.9 1.2 6.8
2013-14 26 BKN/SAC 72 24.2 51.1 48.0 9.3 8.1 1.1 7.9
2014-15 27 BOS 39 16.4 53.1 50.2 8.9 5.7 1.5 7.0
2014-15 27 PHO 9 9.0 37.9 35.0 4.1 10.2 0.4 2.2
2014-15 27 BOS/PHO 48 15.0 51.4 48.4 8.3 6.2 1.3 6.1
2015-16 28 HOU 47 18.8 51.2 48.4 11.7 7.1 1.7 8.1
Rest Of Season Projections 28 HOU 21 8.5 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Marcus Thornton
Preseason Projections 28 HOU 31 10.7 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for Marcus Thornton

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Marcus Thornton: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Thornton totaled 23 points (9-15 FG, 5-9 3Pt), five assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 22 minutes during the Rockets' 140-132 overtime loss to the Clippers on Monday.

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Thornton scored 16 points (5-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT) to go with two rebounds and one assist across 15 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Grizzlies.

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Thornton (personal) returned to the court in Thursday's 103-94 victory over the Jazz, providing 12 points (4-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, and two steals across 18 minutes.

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Thornton (personal) won't be available for Monday's game against the Jazz, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports.

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Thornton (personal) won't be available for Saturday's game against the Spurs, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Thornton (coach's decision) didn't see the court in Tuesday's 121-115 loss to the Hawks.

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Thornton will return to the Rockets' rotation Saturday against the Clippers with Ty Lawson suspended, the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen reports.

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Thornton occupied a bench role in Wednesday's 109-103 win over the Wizards, finishing with nine points (4-10 FG, 1-5 FT), three rebounds, and a block in 20 minutes.

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Thornton posted a season-high 32 points (12-18 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 26 minutes in Tuesday's 110-105 loss to the Nets.

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Thornton posted 18 points (5-13 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go with six rebounds and two steals over 22 minutes in Monday's 116-105 loss to the Pistons.

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Thornton scored 18 points (6-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT) and added an assist and a steal over 21 minutes in Sunday's overtime win over the Knicks.

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Thornton posted 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt) and two rebounds over 19 minutes in Saturday's 107-102 loss to the Knicks.

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2014-15

Thornton joins the Celtics after splitting last season between Sacramento and Brooklyn. He brought the Nets a little scoring punch off the bench, averaging 12.3 points on 41-percent shooting in 24 minutes per game. That included a career-high 38 percent from three-point range in his 26-game stint in Brooklyn, though his playing time and shooting percentages dropped in the postseason. For Boston, Thornton's biggest value is as an expiring contract. He's a shot-taker who can do for Boston what he did for Brooklyn, but it would be counter-productive for the rebuilding organization to waste minutes on Thornton when minutes could be used for their draft picks, James Young and Marcus Smart. Thornton could get early minutes to prop up trade value and create a market, but long term, the Celtics are unlikely to give much thought about Thornton.

2013-14

Thornton moved almost exclusively to a reserve role for the Kings last season, starting just eight of his 72 games, resulting in a steep drop off in his minutes from 35 per game to just 24. As can be expected, Thornton's other numbers fell across the board as well, with his scoring dropping a full six points per game. With the Kings adding Ben McLemore in the draft seemingly with the desire for him to take over the starting shooting guard gig, Thornton will more than likely reprise a bench role once again. Even in a limited capacity last season, Thornton continued to showcase prowess from long range and the charity stripe, knocking down two three-pointers per game at a respectable 37 percent clip while hitting on a career-best 88 percent of his free throws. He'll need to continue to maintain his proficiency from both areas of the court with his overall numbers probably unlikely to rebound anytime soon with McLemore in the fold and the acquisition of Greivis Vasquez sending another high-scoring guard in Isaiah Thomas to the bench to compete for shots with Thornton.

2012-13

Thornton continued to thrive in Sacramento after being acquired from New Orleans the season before, proving to be one of the more productive scorers in the league at the position. He compiled 18.7 points per game, rewarding fantasy owners who believed his post-trade production during the 2010-11 campaign was for real. Thornton likely could have provided even more value had he stayed completely healthy the entire season, but thigh and calf injuries caused him to miss 15 games. Thornton missed nine games in each of his previous two seasons, but shouldn’t be viewed as especially fragile. Whether he’s used as a starter or sixth man, Thornton has no issue with attempting shots, particularly from three-point range. He knocked down 2.1 threes per game last season (albeit at an underwhelming 34.5 percent clip), tying for sixth in the league. His 1.4 steals and 3.6 rebounds per game are respectable totals for a shooting guard. The Kings gave Thornton a sizeable contract last year, but Tyreke Evans’ reluctance to play most of his minutes at small forward could force the team to move Thornton to a bench role or reduce his minutes. The uncertainty of the Kings’ rotation is Thornton’s biggest enemy.

2011-12

It was a tale of two seasons for the sharp-shooting Thornton last year. After being relegated to the bench with the Hornets, he was traded to the Kings mid-season, where he was given a starting role, and proceeded to shoot the lights out (21.3 PPG, 2.0 3PG, 45.0 FG% with Kings). Thornton is a high-volume scorer who will take upwards of 15 shots per game. He also grabs a decent amount of boards for a guard. There aren’t very many players being drafted in the middle rounds who can drop 30 points on a given night. It would be smart to draft Thornton with a big-heavy team, or if you drafted a point guard who doesn’t score much, such as Jason Kidd or Jose Calderon.

2010-11

Ladies and gentlemen, your 43rd-overall pick from the 2009 draft... To get a sense of how the Hornets originally intended to use their second-round pick, it might be instructive to look at the Hornets' first five games of the season, during which Thornton, who left LSU after his sophomore year, played exactly zero minutes. However, due to an injury to Chris Paul, the dismissal of coach Byron Scott and the incompetence of Morris Peterson, Thornton was able not only to register meaningful minutes, but to become a serviceable fantasy option in the meantime. For some perspective on how important Thornton ultimately became to the team, consider his minutes per game by month, from November through April: 19:30, 16:30, 24:36, 29:06, 32:17, 37:00. Over the last two months of the season, Thornton averaged 20.3 points and 2.0 threes per game. He does little to distinguish himself in other areas � including free throw shooting, where he averaged few attempts (3.4 per 36 minutes) and posted only a decent 81.4 percent conversion rate. As for his role this year, the most likely configuration will see Thornton take over shooting guard duties while the newly acquired Trevor Ariza mans the small forward spot. With Chris Paul around, Thornton is less likely to score in volume, but will most likely do so (i.e. score) with greater efficiency.