Marcus Thornton's Poor Shooting Is Hurting Sacramento Kings

By John Raffel
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Thornton has had a good four seasons in  the NBA for the Sacramento Kings, but his poor shooting in recent games illustrates a weak area in his basketball arsenal.

Thornton is averaging 13.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. It’s especially been his scoring that has helped the Kings throughout the season, but his shooting needs to get better. For the season, Thornton is averaging 43.5 percent from the floor and 37.2 percent from the 3-point area. That’s not bad on both counts.

However, Thornton has lost his scoring touch in recent games. He can’t seem to hit the key basket at the most critical times.

Against the Los Angeles Lakers last Saturday, he was 6-of-15 from the floor, 2-of-7 in 3-point range and 4-of-5 from the line. He had a good night with 18 points and seven rebounds, but he should have had more points.

In the previous game with the Phoenix Suns, he was 1-of-4 for three points. The night before that against the Golden State Warriorshe was 6-of-13 from the floor and 1-of-7 from 3-point range  for 13 points. He scored a fair amount of points but with better shooting, it should have been higher.

He had a decent game on March 24 against the Philadelphia 76ers with 9-of-12 shooting for 22 points, but he’s struggled in other games.

For the Kings to be a playoff contenders in the future, players like Thornton need to be more consistent when it comes to shooting. Inconsistency doesn’t result in a good record.

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