By Michael Walton on July 14, 2014
The Boston Celtics made a savvy acquisition by adding Marcus Thornton this offseason, and here are five reasons why he will thrive with the team in the upcoming season.
Brad Stevens' motion offense adapts to the personnel available, but one constant is that it always relies on spacing. And that spacing is made by acquiring capable outside shooters like Thornton. Last year he shot a career-high 38 percent from three-point range while playing with Brooklyn Nets' floor general Deron Williams. Rajon Rondo will get him more open looks.
Deron Williams draws attention away from shooters but still averaged only 6.1 assists per game compared to Rondo's 9.8 assists per game (in limited action). In a full season with Rondo as his running mate, Thornton might crack 40 percent from downtown.
In his career Thornton has scored 18.5 points per 36 minutes. He's done all of this while only starting around 37 percent of the games he has played in. On a team where the leading scorer averaged 16.9 points per game last year (Jeff Green), Thornton's talents as a high volume-scorer will come in handy.
Thornton has bounced around to several different teams during his career. He has had a steady career but hasn't averaged 25 minutes per game of more since his two best seasons (2011 and 2012). If Brad Stevens gives Thornton minutes he could flourish. With 25 minutes per game last year with the Celtics, Jerryd Bayless averaged 10 points. In Thornton's last season with 25 minutes per game he averaged 14.5 points.
Last season Avery Bradley stepped his game up offensively by averaging a career-high 14.9 points per game. Either way, Bradley's role will always be defensive-specialist. He expends so much energy guarding the opposing team's best scorer that it is unfair to rely on him to shoulder the offensive load. That is why Thornton is the perfect fit for the Celtics' roster.
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