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Marcus Thornton

28-Year-Old    SG    Washington Wizards

2015-16 NBA Stats

PTS

9.7

REB

2.5

AST

1.4

STL

0.8

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

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Signed a contract for the remainder of the 2015-16 season for the veteran's minimum with the Wizards in March 2016.

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Thornton was streaky coming off the bench for Houston and Washington during the 2015-16 season, but he managed to score in double-digits 28 times.

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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
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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 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 14 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 30 Days 3 29.7 16.3 6.0 3.0 1.3 0.0 1.7 42.5 83.3 1.7 1.3 4.7 5.0 33.3 5.7 13.3 3.3 4.0
Last 5 Games 5 18.8 10.4 3.6 1.8 0.8 0.0 1.2 42.9 83.3 1.0 0.8 2.8 3.4 35.3 3.6 8.4 2.0 2.4
Last 10 Games 10 17.3 10.0 3.1 1.6 1.1 0.0 1.4 40.7 76.2 1.0 0.6 2.5 4.3 32.6 3.5 8.6 1.6 2.1
Last 20 Games 20 17.1 9.2 2.3 1.6 0.9 0.1 1.5 38.8 81.5 0.8 0.5 1.9 4.4 33.3 3.3 8.5 1.1 1.4

 

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
Apr 13 ATL 26 14 5 3 1 0 1 6 14 1 1 1 4 0 5 1
Apr 11 @BKN 32 19 8 2 2 0 2 7 15 3 3 2 6 3 5 1
Apr 10 CHA 31 16 5 4 1 0 2 4 11 6 8 2 5 1 4 2
Apr 8 @DET Did Not Play
Apr 6 BKN Did Not Play
Apr 3 @LAC 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 2
Apr 1 @PHO 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mar 30 @SAC Did Not Play
Mar 29 @GSW 10 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 3 1
Mar 27 @LAL 10 4 2 1 3 0 2 1 6 1 2 1 3 1 1 1
Mar 25 MIN 14 3 1 1 2 0 0 1 3 1 2 0 2 0 1 0
Mar 23 ATL 23 23 2 1 1 0 0 8 16 2 2 5 10 1 1 1
Mar 21 @ATL Did Not Play
Mar 19 NYK Did Not Play
Mar 17 @PHI 22 18 5 0 1 0 3 7 16 2 3 2 8 0 5 3
Mar 16 CHI 7 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0
Mar 14 DET 6 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 1
Mar 12 @DEN 19 8 2 1 1 0 1 3 8 0 0 2 6 0 2 2
Mar 11 @UTA 20 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 9 0 0 0 3 0 0 2
Mar 8 @POR Did Not Play
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Mar 5 IND Did Not Play
Mar 4 @CLE Did Not Play
Mar 2 @MIN Did Not Play
Feb 29 PHI Did Not Play
Feb 28 CLE Did Not Play
Feb 26 @PHI Did Not Play
Feb 24 @CHI Did Not Play
Feb 23 NOP Did Not Play
Feb 20 @MIA Did Not Play
Feb 19 DET Did Not Play
Feb 18 UTA Did Not Play
Feb 11 @MIL Did Not Play
Feb 9 @NYK 25 15 1 3 1 1 2 5 12 4 4 1 5 0 1 4
Feb 6 @CHA 15 5 1 0 1 0 0 2 7 0 0 1 5 0 1 0
Feb 5 PHI Did Not Play
Feb 3 GSW Did Not Play
Feb 1 @OKC Did Not Play
Jan 30 @HOU Did Not Play
Jan 28 DEN Did Not Play
Jan 26 @TOR Did Not Play
Jan 25 BOS 17 12 1 2 0 0 1 4 10 0 0 4 7 0 1 3
Jan 23 UTA Did Not Play
Jan 20 MIA 19 8 2 1 1 0 0 3 9 2 2 0 3 1 1 4
Jan 18 POR 22 23 3 5 1 0 1 9 15 0 0 5 9 0 3 2
Jan 16 BOS Did Not Play
Jan 15 @IND 18 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 10 0 0 0 4 1 2 0
Jan 13 MIL 13 9 0 1 1 0 3 2 6 5 6 0 3 0 0 3
Jan 11 @CHI Did Not Play
Jan 9 @ORL Did Not Play
Jan 8 TOR Did Not Play
Jan 6 CLE Did Not Play
Jan 3 MIA Did Not Play
Jan 1 ORL Did Not Play
Dec 30 @TOR Did Not Play
Dec 28 LAC Did Not Play
Dec 26 @BKN 11 9 3 0 0 0 0 3 5 2 2 1 3 1 2 1
Dec 23 MEM 18 8 2 2 1 0 0 2 8 2 2 2 6 0 2 1
Dec 21 SAC 14 13 1 1 1 0 2 4 7 3 4 2 4 0 1 2
Dec 19 CHA 19 11 3 1 1 0 0 2 7 7 7 0 2 1 2 2
Dec 16 @SAS Did Not Play
Dec 14 @MEM 21 13 1 2 0 0 1 4 8 2 2 3 4 0 1 3
Dec 12 @DAL 16 18 3 3 0 0 0 7 13 0 0 4 8 0 3 0
Dec 11 @NOP Did Not Play
Dec 9 HOU 20 9 1 1 1 0 2 4 10 0 0 1 5 0 1 1
Dec 7 @MIA Did Not Play
Dec 6 DAL Did Not Play
Dec 4 PHO 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Dec 2 LAL 11 6 3 0 0 0 2 3 5 0 0 0 1 1 2 2
Dec 1 @CLE Did Not Play
Nov 28 TOR Did Not Play
Nov 27 @BOS 9 6 2 0 0 0 1 3 5 0 0 0 1 0 2 1
Nov 25 @CHA 15 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 2 0 2 0 0 1
Nov 24 IND Did Not Play
Nov 21 @DET 19 12 2 0 0 0 1 5 9 0 0 2 4 0 2 2
Nov 17 MIL Did Not Play
Nov 14 ORL 18 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 9 0 0 0 4 0 5 0
Nov 10 OKC Did Not Play
Nov 7 @ATL 38 16 4 3 3 0 1 7 15 0 0 2 7 1 3 4
Nov 6 @BOS 42 16 7 2 1 0 1 6 16 0 0 4 10 4 3 5
Nov 4 SAS 29 18 3 3 1 0 1 8 14 0 0 2 5 2 1 0
Oct 31 NYK Did Not Play
Oct 30 @MIL Did Not Play
Oct 28 @ORL 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 Shooting Guard

1.  Bradley Beal

2.  Garrett Temple

3.  Marcus Thornton

4.  Kelly Oubre

5.  Jarell Eddie

6.  Ramon Sessions

7.  Alan Anderson

Washington Wizards

True Shooting Percentage

51.1%

True Shooting % in 2015-16

In 2015-16, Marcus Thornton has a true shooting percentage of 51.1%.

Projected True Shooting % in 2015-16

There are no 2015-16 true shooting percentage stats available for Marcus Thornton.

What Is True Shooting Percentage?

True shooting percentage is weighted to account for field goals, three-pointers, and free throws – FG, 3Pt, FT – which provides a measure of a player's efficiency in the whole scope of shooting.

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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
Preseason Projections 28 HOU 31 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 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
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Marcus Thornton NBA Advanced Stats
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  Advanced Stats
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
Preseason Projections 28 HOU 31 10.7 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for Marcus Thornton

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

Thornton started and scored 19 points (7-15 FG, 3-3 FT, 2-6 3Pt) to go along with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 32 minutes during Monday's win over the Nets.

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Thornton will draw the start in Tuesday's tilt with the Nets.

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Thornton scored 18 points (7-16 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 2-3 FT) to go with five rebounds and a steal over 22 minutes in a 99-94 victory over the 76ers on Thursday.

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Thornton practiced with the Wizards on Thursday, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports.

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Thornton will sign a contract for the remainder of the season with the Wizards on Wednesday, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.

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Thornton was officially been waived by the Rockets on Friday.

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Thornton is expected to be waived by the Rockets, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports.

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Thornton (coach's decision) won't be available for Thursday's game against the Trail Blazers, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Thornton won't be available for Tuesday's game against the Jazz, but is expected to be available Thursday against the Trail Blazers, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Both Thornton and Donatas Motiejunas (back) will return to the Rockets after the deal that sent them to the Pistons last week was voided Monday, Adrian Wojnarowksi of Yahoo! Sports reports.

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Updating a previous report, Thornton won't be available to play in Sunday's game against the Pelicans, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

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Thornton will likely make his Pistons debut Sunday against the Pelicans, John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

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2015-16

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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.