The King are not the type of team to get all giddy over after a win, but the Nets are pleased with one of their newest additions to their roster. Marcus Thornton is proving that maybe he wasn’t happy in Sacramento and was ready to bolt to a team that had more to offer. Since he has arrived in Brooklyn, he has been a consistent source of offense off the bench for a team that was lacking a perimeter threat for the second unit.
Against his former team on Sunday, he racked up 27 point in only 28 minutes while hitting five 3-pointers. This is what the Nets were hoping for when they made the deal for him at the trade deadline. The word on Thornton was that he had lost a step, was out of shape and didn’t have the desire to be a consistent scorer anymore.
Maybe he just didn’t want to continue to waste his talents on a team that wasn’t going anywhere again this season. Losing takes its toll on players no matter how long they have been in the NBA. Thornton managed to get himself aligned with a team that is turning the corner and looking to make some noise when they get into the playoffs.
It’s no coincidence that his highest scoring game of the season came against his former team. He wanted to show them that he still had some game left in him and rub in their faces what could have been if they just gave the roster a chance. Now he is in Brooklyn and could be the missing piece the Nets need to establish themselves as serious title contenders.