Player Page

Marcus Thornton | Guard

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/5/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 205
College: LSU
Contract: view contract details

Latest News

Recent News

Marcus Thornton returned to the bench on Friday, and was only able to muster up four points, four boards, one assist and one steal over 18 minutes.
Thornton was much better than expected during his run with the starting unit, but it appears his days of being relevant in standard fantasy leagues have come to an end with the return of Terrence Jones and the demotion to the second-unit. He was very nice as a starter, but he needed 35.3 minutes per game to hit his averages of 17.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 three-pointers per game, and it's tough to see him getting that much floor time while the Houston roster is healthy. If he posts another dud on Saturday, the waiver wire would be the next step. Nov 14 - 12:51 AM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


Marcus Thornton will return to the bench for Friday's game against the Nuggets.

Thornton's value will likely take a pretty big hit with the demotion to the second-unit, so his days of relevancy in standard leagues could be coming to an end. We'll let you know how he fares after the game.
Nov 13 - 8:50 PM

Marcus Thornton earned another start for the small-ball Rockets on Wednesday, finishing a home loss with 21 points (9-of-15 FGs), three 3-pointers, three rebounds, seven assists, four steals and one block.

It's a terrific sign for anyone who plucked Thornton off the waiver wire, as he logged 35 minutes despite the return of Terrence Jones (eyelid). In five previous starts, Thornton was averaging 16.6 points on 45.3 percent shooting, 3.0 triples, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals and only 1.2 turnovers per game. Ride him until the train runs off the tracks.
Nov 12 - 12:01 AM

Marcus Thornton will start on Wednesday and Terrence Jones will come off the bench against the Nets.

The Rockets will want to ease the oft-injured Jones back into the lineup. They are going against the Nets, so they really don't need the added size in the starting lineup anyway. Fantasy owners probably don't want to use Thornton tonight with so many games.
Nov 11 - 6:18 PM

Marcus Thornton may remain in the starting five for Wednesday's game vs. the Nets, according to beat reporter Jonathan Feigen.

Feigen said that we won't really know until closer to tip-off, but based on what he saw during Wednesday morning's shootaround it looks like Thornton could stick in the starting five despite the return of Terrence Jones (eye). Kevin McHale was pretty vague about whom he was considering starting on Wednesday, but if the Rockets do continue with a small ball approach, it'll be interesting to see how long the experiment lasts. As long as Thornton is starting, he's worth owning in standard leagues, and this isn't great news for Jones' owners.
Nov 11 - 11:55 AM

Kevin McHale heaped praise on veteran SG Marcus Thornton, calling him a "baller."

Unfortunately, video is not attached in the link below. "He's a very good passer," McHale said. "He's a good on-ball defender...He's kind of one of those old-time (types). He's a baller." Citing improved confidence and comfort in the system, Thornton is averaging 16.6 points, 1.2 steals and 3.0 triples on 45.3 percent shooting. The production has been nice to ride in DFS, but keep in mind both Terrence Jones (eye) and Patrick Beverley (concussion) are due back this week.
Nov 9 - 9:44 AM

Marcus Thornton played well in another start on Saturday vs. the Clippers, scoring 16 points with four boards, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

Thornton has now had five straight solid performances in the absence of Terrence Jones (eyelid) and it will be interesting to see how Kevin McHale handles his minutes when the Rockets start to get some bodies back. Thornton is averaging 16.6 points, 4.6 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.0 3-pointers per game over his last five outings, so you might as well ride him while he is hot.
Nov 8 - 2:45 AM

Marcus Thornton's improbable start to the year continued as he returned to Sacramento and scored 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting (4-of-10 3PTs) with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 42 minutes.

Thornton's top 40-50 run to start the year may be the surprise of the year so far in fantasy leagues and he's a good bet to stay productive until the frontcourt guys return. How many of them between Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas need to return in order to throw off Thornton is the key question, but for now he should be in all lineups.
Nov 7 - 2:41 AM

Marcus Thornton will start against the Kings on Friday.

Revenge game? The Rockets are going small yet again and they can get away with it against the Boogie-less Kings. Thornton should have value for a few more games. Clint Capela is also in the starting lineup.
Nov 6 - 9:34 PM

Marcus Thornton scored 18 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes on Wednesday.

Terrence Jones (eye) is not close to returning, so we should see plenty of Marcus Thornton. He's worth a look in deeper leagues for those looking for short-term value.
Nov 5 - 1:36 AM

Marcus Thornton will remain in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

The Rockets will roll out a small ball lineup featuring Ty Lawson, Thornton, James Harden, Trevor Ariza and Dwight Howard with Terrence Jones (eye) still on the shelf. Thornton has played well as a starter, compiling averages of 16.5 points, 3.5 three-pointers and 4.5 rebounds per game, so he's worth a look for owners seeking some short-term value in points and treys. Just know that he'll likely return to irrelevancy in most leagues as soon as Jones returns to the lineup.

Marcus Thornton played 37 minutes in a start for Kevin McHale's small lineup on Monday against the Thunder.

Thornton scored 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting with two threes, seven boards and one steal, and on Sunday he scored a team-high 21 points with five treys so he has our attention. It just doesn't seem sustainable unless McHale has decided he needs maximum spacing for Ty Lawson and James Harden to drive and kick. While anything more than 20 mpg seems excessive for Thornton in our opinion, he has some flier appeal if you're feeling lucky. When the power forwards return his margin for error gets real slim.
Nov 3 - 12:46 AM

Marcus Thornton will start on Monday against the Thunder.

So that means James Harden will be guarding Kevin Durant or Serge Ibaka. The Rockets will likely have a wacky rotation tonight and it should involve a lot of Montrezl Harrell.
Nov 2 - 7:47 PM

Marcus Thomton scored a team-high 21 points against the Heat on Sunday with two rebounds, two assists and five 3-pointers.

When Thornton is your best player, you're in deep trouble. Thornton won't remain in the starting lineup for long with Terrence Jones just day-to-day. Although the Rockets do play OKC tomorrow, so maybe Thornton is out there for that one.
Nov 1 - 8:45 PM

Marcus Thornton will slide into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Heat.

Thornton can get hot from time to time, but with a tough matchup against the Heat, he'll make for a risky DFS option.
Nov 1 - 5:34 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Ty Lawson
2Patrick Beverley
SG1James Harden
2Jason Terry
3Marcus Thornton
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Corey Brewer
3K.J. McDaniels
4Sam Dekker
PF1Terrence Jones
2Donatas Motiejunas
3Montrezl Harrell
C1Dwight Howard
2Clint Capela