Marcus Thornton (basketball, born 1987)
Thornton with the Kings in December 2013
|No. 15 – Washington Wizards|
June 5, 1987|
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school||Tara (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)|
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43rd overall|
|Selected by the Miami Heat|
|2009–2011||New Orleans Hornets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Marcus Terrell Thornton (born June 5, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Kilgore College and LSU and was drafted in the second round of the 2009 NBA draft by the Miami Heat.
Thornton played two years at Kilgore College, a junior college in Kilgore, Texas. As a freshman in 2005–06, he averaged 14.5 points while shooting at 65 percent from the field. He averaged 26.9 points in his second season at Kilgore in 2006–07, earning first-team Junior College All-American honors and MVP honors for Region XIV.
Following his sophomore season, Thornton transferred to Louisiana State University. As a junior in 2007–08 playing for the Tigers, he averaged 19.6 points (second in the SEC) and shot 81.7 percent from the free-throw line, the second-best percentage in the conference. As a senior in 2008–09, he averaged 21.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, subsequently earning the 2009 Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year. In two seasons at LSU, he finished with 1,347 points, 21st all-time and with a 20.4 scoring average, he ranked sixth all-time. He also finished eighth in school history with 168 three-pointers.
New Orleans Hornets (2009–2011)
Thornton was selected with the 43rd overall pick by the Miami Heat in the 2009 NBA draft, but his rights were traded to the New Orleans Hornets. On February 23, 2010, in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he tied a Hornets' franchise record for points scored by a rookie (37), and set a franchise record for points in a quarter (23) and points off the bench (previous, 33, Dell Curry). His 37 points also tied for the third most points by an NBA rookie off the bench since the 1976–77 season. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2009–10 after averaging 14.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 25.6 minutes per game in 73 games (started 17) with New Orleans. He also set a franchise rookie record with 117 three-pointers in a season.
Sacramento Kings (2011–2014)
On January 24, 2014, Thornton tied his career-high of 42 points in an overtime loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Brooklyn Nets (2014)
On February 19, 2014, Thornton was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans. His best game for the Nets came on March 9, as he scored 27 points in a win over the Kings.
Boston Celtics (2014–2015)
On July 10, 2014, Thornton was traded to the Boston Celtics in a three-team deal involving the Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. On December 7, he scored a season-high 21 points in the Celtics' 101–93 win over the Washington Wizards.
Phoenix Suns (2015)
On February 19, 2015, Thornton was traded, along with a 2016 first-round pick, to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Isaiah Thomas. He completed the 2014–15 season with the Suns playing in just nine games. He did not manage game time in 18 of a possible 27 games with the Suns, largely thanks to an Achilles' tendon injury and being a non-rotation player on a non-playoff team.
Houston Rockets (2015–2016)
On July 25, 2015, Thornton signed with the Houston Rockets. On December 8, he scored a season-high 32 points in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets. On February 18, 2016, Thornton and Donatas Motiejūnas were traded to the Detroit Pistons in a three-team trade involving the Rockets and the Philadelphia 76ers. However, four days later, the Pistons rescinded their trade following a failed physical by Motiejūnas. Thornton didn't play again following his return to Houston, and on February 26, he was waived by the Rockets.
Washington Wizards (2016–present)
On March 9, 2016, Thornton signed with the Washington Wizards. Two days later, he made his debut with the Wizards in a 114–93 loss to the Utah Jazz, recording two points, one assist and one steal in 20 minutes off the bench.
NBA career statistics
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|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Thornton's fiancée, Lyndsey Duplessis, gave birth to their first child on January 1, 2016, a daughter named Maleia. Thornton is a cousin of former NBA player Al Thornton.
- "Marcus Thornton Stats, Video, Bio, Profile". NBA.com. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
- "Kings Acquire Marcus Thornton from the New Orleans Hornets in Exchange for Carl Landry". NBA.com. February 23, 2011. Retrieved February 24, 2011.
- "Marcus Thornton's career night helps Kings wax Warriors". ESPN.com. March 14, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
- "Game Rewind: Pacers 116, Kings 111 (OT)". NBA.com. January 24, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
- "Nets Acquire Marcus Thornton from Sacramento". NBA.com. February 19, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
- "Marcus Thornton 2013-14 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
- "Celtics Complete Three-Team Trade". NBA.com. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
- "Marcus Thornton 2014-15 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
- "Suns Complete Deal with Boston for Thornton, Draft Pick". NBA.com. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
- Coro, Paul (April 10, 2015). "Phoenix Suns' Marcus Thornton 'learning' from cut in playing time". AZCentral.com. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
- "Rockets Sign Marcus Thornton". NBA.com. July 25, 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
- "Nets hold off Rockets to sweep season series". NBA.com. December 8, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
- "Rockets Acquire First Round Pick in Three-Way Trade with Detroit and Philadelphia". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 18, 2016. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
- "Detroit Pistons Rescind Trade Acquiring Forward Donatas Motiejunas and Guard Marcus Thornton". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 22, 2016. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
- Watkins, Calvin (February 22, 2016). "Pistons void trade with Rockets when Donatas Motiejunas fails physical". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
- "Rockets Waive Marcus Thornton". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 26, 2016. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
- "WIZARDS SIGN MARCUS THORNTON". MonumentalSportsNetwork.com. March 9, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
- "Mack scores career-high 27 as Jazz beat Wizards 114-93". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. March 12, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
- "Wizards Re-Sign Marcus Thornton". MonumentalSportsNetwork.com. July 28, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
- Whitacre, Jake (29 September 2016). "Marcus Thornton gets a minor concussion during practice". NBA.com. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- "Duncan scoreless for 1st time but Spurs beat Rockets 121-103". NBA.com. January 2, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
- "Hornets Take UCLA's Collison, Trade For LSU's Thornton". WDSU.com. June 25, 2009. Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2015.