Al Thornton
Al Thornton
34-Year-Old ForwardF
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a contract with Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rico in November of 2013.
FFree Agent
November 22, 2013
Thornton has signed a contract with Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rico, Sportando reports.
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Last season, Thornton played professionally in the Chinese Basketball League for the Zhejiang Lions, but his stint was cut short due to a midseason injury. Meanwhile, his NBA prospects are few and far between, as he last took the floor for Golden State and Washington during the 2010-11 campaign.
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Thornton came over to the Wizards via trade in 2009-10 and should at least begin the year as the starter at small forward. After a fairly strong 2008-09 season (his second year) in which he averaged 16.8 points and 5.2 rebounds a game, Thornton regressed to only 10.7 points and 3.9 rebounds last season due in part to injuries and inconsistent playing time. He will be pushed for minutes at small forward by Josh Howard and Nick Young, but should keep his job if he can revert back to his 2008-09 form.
Always a fantastic athlete, Thornton's game blossomed last year as the second-year pro developed a knock-down jumper from 20-feet. With his ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim whenever he wants, refining this area of his game pushed him from a nice NBA talent to a guy on the verge of becoming a star. He still needs a bunch of work defensively but there's no reason to think his offensive stats won't continue to climb.
In a way, Elton Brand’s Achilles’ injury was a long-term benefit to the Clippers. Forced to play most of last season without their top frontcourt player, the Clippers got an extended look at rookie Al Thornton. And now, faced with holes in the lineup due to the departures of Brand and Corey Maggette, they know that Thornton is part of the solution. An explosive leaper with good size and strength, Thornton scored 12.7 points with 4.5 boards in 27.3 minutes per game last season on his way to First Team All-Rookie Honors. This year, in a far more prominent role, look for his numbers to improve across-the-board.
Thornton was going to be brought along slowly this season, able to learn behind one of the best forwards in today’s NBA. That plan was thrown out the window when Elton Brand blew out his Achilles tendon in a routine workout. Now it looks like Thornton will be needed to provide scoring for a Clipper team that suddenly seems short in that department. He should be up to the task. Going into the draft, Thornton was generally considered to be one of the most NBA-ready players. He’s already 23, has a solid 6-8, 220-pound body and explosive leaping ability. With Corey Maggette reportedly set to start at small forward, Thornton will likely be in competition with Tim Thomas for minutes at Brand’s spot or as a backup at both forward positions. We like Thornton’s potential to contribute immediately, particularly if he gets run at his college position, power forward.
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FFree Agent
September 29, 2012
Thornton signed a contract with the Zhejiang Lions of China, Sina.com reports.
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FGolden State Warriors
April 3, 2011
Thornton scored 12 points with nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 23 minutes Saturday night in Golden State's win over Dallas.
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FGolden State Warriors
March 24, 2011
Thornton played just nine minutes in Wednesday night's loss to Houston.
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FGolden State Warriors
March 22, 2011
Thornton scored 10 points in 18 minutes Monday night in Golden State's loss to San Antonio.
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FGolden State Warriors
March 19, 2011
Thornton scored nine points with nine rebounds in 20 minutes Friday night in Golden State's loss to Phoenix.
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