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Marcus Thornton | Guard

Team: Boston Celtics
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/5/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 205
College: LSU
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Marcus Thornton has been told he'll get a chance to "showcase his talents" this year.
The Celtics basically just acquired him because of his expiring contract, so it's unknown what the Celtics plan to do with him. He's going to have a tough time getting minutes behind Avery Bradley or Jeff Green on the wing, so he's not a fantasy option. Plus, he'll have to worry about James Young and Marcus Smart. Jul 9 - 5:46 PM

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The Celtics traded for Nets guard Marcus Thornton on Wednesday, and they'll also get Cavaliers C Tyler Zeller and a first-round pick in the bargain.

Thornton is owed $8.6 million in the final season of his contract, a steep price-tag relative to his production, but Boston GM Danny Ainge did well to pile up another young big man and a future first-round pick. Avery Bradley is the unquestioned starting SG for the Celtics but they do need a reliable backup, so Thornton should reprise his role as a gunner off the bench.
Jul 9 - 10:37 AM

The Suns, Mavericks and Timberwolves are interested in Marcus Thornton.

This is related to the Jarrett Jack trade rumor from last month. The Cavaliers are looking for a third team to take on Thornton's contract, so it'll likely be a three-way deal involving those teams. Since the Cavs seem to have everything lined up, it's just a matter of which team will miss out on free agents.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 7 - 9:10 AM

The Cavs and Nets are discussing a deal involving Jarrett Jack for Marcus Thornton.

Coach David Blatt isn't really wasting time here and he looks like he'll want to add a shooter off the bench. Chances are Thornton would come off the bench, but he could also start with the Cavs not very deep on the wing.
Jun 21 - 3:40 PM

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are out for the Nets on Wednesday, while they'll use a makeshift starting lineup of Marquis Teague, Jorge Gutierrez, Marcus Thornton, Jason Collins and Andray Blatche.

Mysteriously absent from that list is Mason Plumlee, who has been playing well, although he could still come off the bench. Deron Williams is also out, while Alan Anderson could play a few minutes. And if you're still trying to figure out who Gutierrez is, you're not alone.
Apr 16 - 6:46 PM

Marcus Thornton came off the bench for 24 points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Knicks.

Whether the Nets play the regulars or not on Wednesday, Thornton should get a lot of minutes and should have another nice game.
Apr 15 - 11:31 PM

Marcus Thornton scored 14 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 6-of-17 shots (including two threes) with two rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes.

Thornton could be lined up to carry some offensive load for the Nets, who have the five-seed locked up and already said that they'll be resting guys. He might shoot you out of a field goal percentage battle, but he has very good upside right now and is worth an add in most leagues.
Apr 11 - 11:32 PM

Marcus Thornton came off the bench for 16 points, four 3-pointers, six rebounds, four steals and a block on 6-of-8 shooting in Tuesday's win over Miami.

He's up to his old tricks, alternating good games with bad ones, and if we could look into a crystal ball and figure out on which night to play him, we would probably be in another business. Start Thornton at your own risk, but it's possible he could be set for a big finish with so many injuries around the league. Joe Johnson also had a nice game, hitting 9-of-17 shots and a 3-pointer for 19 points in the win.
Apr 8 - 11:19 PM

Marcus Thornton returned from a one-game absence on Wednesday with eight points, three boards and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

He was right back around his 21.5-minutes-per-game average with the Nets, which hasn't led to much output on the stat sheet. Thornton is going to have a tough time getting big minutes with how well Shaun Livingston has played this season and is not an option in most formats.
Apr 2 - 10:54 PM

Marcus Thornton (back) will play against the Knicks on Wednesday night.

He missed Tuesday's game after suffering a back injury on Sunday. Thornton has been very inconsistent in his time with the Nets, so he's not a fantasy option. If you were planning on using Alan Anderson in a deep league, you might want to reconsider.
Apr 2 - 5:39 PM

Marcus Thornton (back) will not play vs. the Rockets on Tuesday.

His absence may cause Jason Kidd to play Shaun Livingston more often than usual, with Alan Anderson also taking on a bigger role as a perimeter gunner off the bench.
Apr 1 - 6:38 PM

Marcus Thorton (back) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Houston.

Thornton was not present at the portion of practice that was available to media members Tuesday morning, so the prevailing thought is that he won't be available for Tuesday's game against the Rockets. We'll update his status as more news becomes available, but Shaun Livingston should make for a strong play if Thornton doesn't suit up Tuesday night while Alan Anderson and Jorge Gutierrez would see some extra run as well.

Marcus Thornton (back) said he rushed back and aggravated his injury, and there is no clear date for his return.

Thornton will take his time recovering, to eliminate the injury as the Nets gear up the postseason, and this officially ends whatever fantasy value he may have had. His absence solidifies Shaun Livingston's playing time, while giving Alan Anderson and Jorge Gutierrez a few extra minutes off the bench.
Mar 31 - 9:24 AM

Marcus Thornton's back tightened up during Sunday's game, forcing him out with five points in 15 minutes of action.

Thornton won't return and we're considering him day-to-day until the Nets update his status. He was coming off a 10-point game on Friday and he's simply not worth using in fantasy leagues while he's limited to 20-25 minutes per game off the bench.
Mar 30 - 8:05 PM

Marcus Thornton played through a back injury to finish Friday's home win with 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal as the Nets snapped a two-game losing streak.

Even when Thornton is 100 percent healthy his inconsistency is glaring -- he's scored at least 19 points in five games this month, but has yet to score double-digits in consecutive games. He should be avoided as long as starters Deron Williams, Shaun Livingston and Joe Johnson are healthy.
Mar 28 - 10:22 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Marcus Smart
3Phil Pressey
SG1Avery Bradley
2Marcus Thornton
SF1Jeff Green
2Evan Turner
3Gerald Wallace
4James Young
5Chris Johnson
PF1Jared Sullinger
2Brandon Bass
C1Kelly Olynyk
2Tyler Zeller
3Vitor Faverani
4Joel Anthony