Marcus Thornton has had a decent season for the Sacramento Kings but hasn’t exactly been Mr. Clutch lately.
Thornton, in his fourth NBA season, has been at 12.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He usually averages 23.9 minutes a game and shoots 43.2 percent from the floor. He’s been coming off the bench except for seven games in which he started.
But it wasn’t his night Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies. He saw 31 minutes of action but only netted six points with 2-of-13 shooting from the floor and 2-of-8 in 3-pointers. He had the ball in the final 5.4 seconds but had a 3-point shot attempt blocked by Marc Gasol, and the Kings lost 89-87.
His last decent game was last week in a 10-point loss to the Houston Rockets in which Thornton, in 22 minutes of action, was 8-of-13 from the floor, 3-of-6 in 3-pointers and 2-of-2 in free throws for 21 points. Otherwise, in a season marked by rumors of where the franchise might end up, not to mention various injuries to Thornton, it has not been the best of times. He’s had more ups and downs than usual.
Last season, Thornton was averaging 18.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game and shot 43.8 percent from the floor. His playing minutes have gone down from 34.9 a game last season.
The Kings will want to have a healthier and more consistent Thornton next year, regardless of their location.
If that happens, and if the Kings make some other decent offseason moves, Sacramento could make a more serious run for a playoff spot.