Sacramento Kings Need Another Big Season From Marcus Thornton

By John Raffel
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Thornton would prefer to think his Sacramento Kings are all set at guard. After all, that’s his position. But the sentiment is that a team can never have too many guards which is why the Kings might very will pick one up later this month in the 2013 NBA Draft.

He’s coming off a great season for the Kings, but Thornton might still get some competition at the guard spot. The Kings want to take the best basketball player available, and with a guard-heavy draft, that’s the position they’re likely to look at.

Thornton, however, hopes to continue to play a prominent role in the Kings drive to be a playoff contender. In his fourth NBA season last year, Thornton averaged 12.7 points, 2.5 rebounds  and 1.3 assists. In 24 minutes of action per game, he shot 42.9 percent from the floor and 88.1 percent from the free-throw line. Thornton’s career numbers are a little higher with 26.4 minutes, 14.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

Thornton ended the season rather impressively against the Los Angeles Clippers with 8-of-20 shooting from the floor and 5-of-12 in three pointers for 21 points in 37 minutes of action, plus three assists. He showed he can be among the best players in the NBA when he puts his mind to it.

Thornton showed the Kings he can still be valuable in their lineup and he would not mind taking on an even bigger role next year. The team has new ownership and a new coach, and they’re likely to add some new players. But Thornton wants to show everyone how valuable he’ll continue to be.

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