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Marcus Thornton

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2016-17 NBA Stats

PTS

6.6

REB

2.3

AST

1.2

STL

0.6

BLK

0.1

2016 NBA ROS Projections

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2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

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HT: 6' 4"   WT: 205 lbs   DOB: 6/5/1987  College: LSU   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd, #43 Overall in 2009   Show ContractHide Contract

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Marcus Thornton Contract Information:

Re-signed with the Wizards on a one-year, $1.31 million contract in July of 2016. Traded to the Nets in February of 2017. Waived in February of 2017.

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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
2015-16 28 WAS 14 16.0 8.4 2.5 1.4 0.9 0.1 1.3 39.3 76.2 0.8 0.5 2.0 3.9 33.3 3.0 7.6 1.1 1.5
2015-16 28 HOU/WAS 61 18.2 9.7 2.5 1.4 0.8 0.1 1.5 39.9 84.8 0.8 0.6 1.8 4.4 33.7 3.5 8.9 1.1 1.3
2016-17 29 WAS 33 17.4 6.6 2.3 1.2 0.6 0.1 0.8 40.0 85.2 0.8 0.7 1.6 2.4 35.0 2.5 6.4 0.7 0.8
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2016-17 NBA Game Log   Marcus Thornton
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Date Opp SCORE MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Feb 16 @IND 98-111 Did Not Play
Feb 13 OKC 120-98 Did Not Play
Feb 10 IND 112-107 Did Not Play
Feb 8 @BKN 110-114 Did Not Play
Feb 6 CLE 135-140 Did Not Play
Feb 4 NOP 105-91 Did Not Play
Feb 2 LAL 116-108 Did Not Play
Jan 31 NYK 117-101 Did Not Play
Jan 29 @NOP 94-107 Did Not Play
Jan 27 @ATL 86-112 Did Not Play
Jan 24 BOS 123-108 Did Not Play
Jan 23 @CHA 99-109 Did Not Play
Jan 21 @DET 113-112 Did Not Play
Jan 19 @NYK 110-113 Did Not Play
Jan 18 MEM 104-101 Did Not Play
Jan 16 POR 120-101 Did Not Play
Jan 14 PHI 109-93 Did Not Play
Jan 11 @BOS 117-108 Did Not Play
Jan 10 CHI 101-99 Did Not Play
Jan 8 @MIL 101-107 Did Not Play
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Jan 6 MIN 112-105 Did Not Play
Jan 3 @DAL 113-105 15 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 1 3 0 0 3
Jan 2 @HOU 101-91 18 7 3 0 1 0 1 3 8 0 0 1 3 0 3 2
Dec 30 BKN 118-95 21 8 3 5 1 1 2 3 6 0 0 2 2 1 2 3
Dec 28 IND 111-105 20 7 5 2 0 0 2 3 6 0 2 1 2 1 4 4
Dec 26 MIL 107-102 13 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 4 0 0 1 2 0 1 1
Dec 23 @MIL 123-96 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Dec 21 @CHI 97-107 15 10 2 1 1 0 0 5 9 0 0 0 3 1 1 0
Dec 19 @IND 107-105 16 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Dec 18 LAC 117-110 14 7 4 0 0 0 2 3 4 0 0 1 1 1 3 1
Dec 16 DET 122-108 15 11 1 0 0 0 0 4 6 2 2 1 2 0 1 3
Dec 14 CHA 109-106 13 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 5 0 0 1 2 0 1 1
Dec 12 @MIA 112-101 13 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 2 2 0 1 0 1 1
Dec 10 MIL 110-105 11 2 2 2 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Dec 8 DEN 92-85 11 7 3 1 0 0 0 3 6 0 0 1 2 0 3 1
Dec 6 ORL 116-124 18 8 6 3 1 0 1 4 7 0 0 0 2 2 4 2
Dec 5 @BKN 113-118 18 11 3 0 2 2 0 4 10 1 2 2 5 2 1 0
Dec 2 @SAS 107-105 18 5 3 0 3 0 1 2 7 1 1 0 1 1 2 5
Nov 30 @OKC 126-115 17 11 3 0 0 0 0 4 7 2 2 1 3 1 2 1
Nov 28 SAC 101-95 Did Not Play
Nov 26 SAS 100-112 15 2 4 2 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 0
Nov 25 @ORL 91-94 8 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 2 2 0 1 0 0 0
Nov 21 PHO 106-101 21 9 0 0 0 0 1 3 9 0 0 3 5 0 0 1
Nov 19 MIA 111-114 23 3 1 1 2 0 2 1 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 0
Nov 17 NYK 119-112 18 13 2 1 1 0 2 5 7 0 0 3 3 1 1 3
Nov 16 @PHI 109-102 37 10 2 6 0 0 1 4 13 0 0 2 6 0 2 4
Nov 12 @CHI 106-95 23 9 4 1 1 0 0 4 14 1 1 0 4 2 2 0
Nov 11 CLE 94-105 21 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 5 2 2 0 2 0 1 1
Nov 9 BOS 118-93 34 16 4 4 3 0 1 5 13 4 4 2 5 2 2 3
Nov 7 HOU 106-114 17 8 5 1 0 0 1 2 10 2 2 2 7 1 4 2
Nov 5 @ORL 88-86 17 9 4 0 0 0 2 4 8 0 0 1 3 0 4 2
Nov 4 ATL 95-92 17 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Nov 2 TOR 103-113 14 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Oct 30 @MEM 112-103 16 11 5 1 0 0 0 4 6 2 3 1 2 2 3 1
Oct 27 @ATL 114-99 20 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 8 0 0 1 3 0 1 2

Marcus Thornton – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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True Shooting Percentage

49.4%

True Shooting % in 2016-17

In 2016-17, Marcus Thornton has a true shooting percentage of 49.4%.

Projected True Shooting % in 2016-17

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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
2015-16 28 WAS 14 36.0 19.0 5.6 3.1 2.1 0.2 2.9 39.3 76.2 1.8 1.1 4.5 8.7 33.3 6.8 17.2 2.6 3.4
2015-16 28 HOU/WAS 61 36.0 19.2 4.9 2.8 1.5 0.1 3.0 39.9 84.8 1.7 1.2 3.6 8.8 33.7 7.0 17.6 2.2 2.6
2016-17 29 WAS 33 36.0 13.7 4.8 2.6 1.2 0.2 1.8 40.0 85.2 1.6 1.4 3.4 5.0 35.0 5.3 13.1 1.4 1.7
2016-17 Projections 30 WAS 65 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 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
2015-16 28 WAS 14 224 118 35 19 13 1 18 39.3 76.2 11 7 28 54 33.3 42 107 16 21
2015-16 28 HOU/WAS 61 1109 590 150 85 47 4 91 39.9 84.8 51 38 112 270 33.7 216 542 67 79
2016-17 29 WAS 33 575 219 76 41 19 3 28 40.0 85.2 25 22 54 80 35.0 84 210 23 27
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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
2015-16 28 WAS 14 16.0 50.8 47.7 13.0 7.5 1.7 7.5
2015-16 28 HOU/WAS 61 18.2 51.1 48.2 11.9 7.2 1.7 8.0
2016-17 29 WAS 33 17.4 49.4 46.7 14.2 8.7 1.6 6.2
2016-17 Projections 30 WAS 65 16.0 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for Marcus Thornton

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

Thornton, who was acquired by the Nets on Wednesday, will be waived, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

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Thornton, Andrew Nicholson and a 2017 first-round pick were traded from the Wizards to the Nets on Wednesday in exchange for Bojan Bogdanoic and Chris McCullough, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

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Thornton (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 116-108 win over the Lakers on Thursday.

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Thornton (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in Tuesday's 101-99 win over the Bulls.

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Thornton totaled 11 points (4-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and three rebounds in 17 minutes during a 126-115 overtime loss to the Thunder on Wednesday.

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Thornton generated two points (0-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), one rebound, one assist and one steal across 21 minutes in Friday's 105-94 loss to the Cavaliers.

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Thornton will start at shooting guard Friday against the Cavaliers.

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Thornton dropped 16 points (5-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT) and added four assists, four rebounds and three steals across 34 minutes in a 118-93 win over the Celtics on Wednesday.

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Thornton registered 11 points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five rebounds and one assist across 16 minutes in Sunday's 112-103 overtime loss to the Grizzlies.

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Thornton scored 16 points (5-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), five rebounds and two steals across 23 minutes in Tuesday's 96-91 preseason win over the Cavaliers.

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Thornton supplied 13 points (5-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt), three assists, one rebound and one steal across 25 minutes in Saturday's 124-119 preseason loss to the Kings.

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Thornton will draw the start at shooting guard in Saturday's preseason tilt against the Kings.

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2016-17

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2015-16

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 six-year veteran shot 42 percent from both the field and the three-point line with the Celtics and shot 33 percent from the field and 11 percent from behind the line with the Suns. His lack of defensive ability and subpar shooting for a two-guard don't really make him an ideal talent. This year, after being signed to a veteran's minimum with the Rockets, Thornton will sit essentially at the bottom of an already crowded depth chart for the Rockets with James Harden at the number one spot. This means that there probably will be very few (if any) minutes for Thornton going into this season.

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.