The talented guard is in his fifth season in the NBA and has played for the Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans before joining the Nets. For his career, Thornton averages 13.4 points per game while shooting 43 percent from the field. For Thornton, it can’t be easy playing for a losing team each and every season and watching your minutes go down in favor of other players, who may not be as deserving, as the team does not get better and keeps losing games.
It was clearly time for Thornton to leave and he may have found a home with the Nets where for the first time in his career, Thornton is playing in meaningful basketball games in March. Since joining the Nets, Thornton is averaging 11.2 points per game on 42 percent shooting including a 25-point performance against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, March 1.
Thornton joins one of the best scoring bench units in the NBA alongside Mirza Teletovic, Andray Blatche, Alan Anderson and Andrei Kirilenko, a unique set of bench players who all bring something different to the table. Teletovic brings his three-point shooting and hustle plays, Blatche brings his scoring ability on the perimeter and in the post, Anderson can play both guard positions, Thornton can be an instant perimeter threat off the bench and Kirilenko can do just about everything (except hit free throws as of late.)
With Jason Terry and Reggie Evans being pretty much unplayable this season, Thornton is a definite upgrade and could bring a lot to this Nets team. The veteran players on the Nets could do a lot for Thornton as well, by making him a better NBA player.