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Marcus Thornton | Guard

Team: Phoenix Suns
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/5/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 205
College: LSU
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Marcus Thornton was a DNP-CD on Saturday.
He is going to have to earn his minutes. The Suns want to get a look at Archie Goodwin right now, so Thornton's chance for playing time is tied to the second-year Kentucky product. Feb 21 - 11:12 PM

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Marcus Thornton is expected to be available for Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.

While coach Jeff Hornacek said that he likes Thornton's ability to spread the floor, it still remains to be seen what kind of role he will be looking at with Gerald Green also vying for minutes at shooting guard. Outside of owners in deeper leagues who are desperate for 3-pointers, it's probably best to take a wait-and-see approach here.
Feb 21 - 1:14 PM

Marcus Thornton, Danny Granger, and John Salmons will not suit up for Friday's game against the Timberwolves.

Thornton, Granger, Salmons, and Brandon Knight all still need to pass their physicals, and none of the Suns' new acquisitions are expected to play on Friday. Eric Bledsoe and Gerald Green will likely be forced into heavy minute tonight with no obvious backups, and they figure to be quality plug-and-play options in daily leagues. Plan accordingly.

Marcus Thornton was traded from the Celtics to the Suns on Thursday.

He'll come off the bench with the Suns and will likely just get minutes in the teens. Thornton was playing well heading into the All-Star break, but fantasy owners can drop him in most leagues. His minutes in Boston should be absorbed by Isaiah Thomas.
Feb 19 - 3:24 PM

Marcus Thornton may not be traded at the deadline because of Boston not being able to take back enough expiring money and wanting to keep its books clean.

Of course, the Celtics would work a little harder to get a deal done if they can get a first rounder in any offer. Thornton has been stepping up in his last four, averaging 15.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.0 steals and 3.8 treys in 21.3 minutes. If you need a couple treys in a deeper league, Thornton might be your guy.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 16 - 9:31 PM

Marcus Thornton started the second half and had 14 points, three rebounds, a block and four 3-pointers in Wednesday's win over the Hawks.

Thornton is quietly averaging 15.25 points, 4.25 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 3.25 3-pointers over his last four games, so he's worth a look if you need a 3-point specialist. Although, he's probably not going to start most nights.
Feb 11 - 11:08 PM

Marcus Thornton scored 14 points in 20 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers.

That's three straight games with 20 minutes on the nose and he's made 3.7 treys per game in that span. Thornton is obviously going to have some bad games with only 20 minutes per night and he doesn't do much else besides bury triples. If you are desperate for treys, give him a look.
Feb 7 - 11:45 PM

Marcus Thornton provided a potent offensive punch off the bench in 20 minutes, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, two steals and four 3-pointers against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

Interestingly, Marcus Smart has passed the ball to Thornton more than any other player on the season, but that has a lot to do with the pair logging minutes next to each other. Besides that, Thornton does seem like he'll get minutes in the high teens, which means he's capable of scoring 10-12 points per game with some treys. That said, the inconsistency is too much of a negative to add him in most leagues.
Feb 4 - 11:22 PM

Marcus Thornton scored 17 points in 23 minutes against the Rockets on Friday with seven rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers.

He scored 15 points in 14 minutes on Wednesday and seems to have gained a little more playing time. Thornton is more than likely going to be playing just 20 minutes, so it's going to be tough to count on him. If you want to give him a look in deeper leagues to see what happens, go for it.
Jan 30 - 10:23 PM

Marcus Thornton scored 15 points in 14 minutes against the Wolves on Wednesday with two assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

His minutes have been hanging around in the teens over his last five, averaging 8.4 points, 1.0 boards, 0.4 steals and 0.8 triples in 15.8 minutes per game. Thornton doesn't play enough to be grabbed in most leagues.
Jan 29 - 12:15 AM

Marcus Thornton logged 27 minutes against the Clippers on Monday with 15 points, two rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers.

He played a big part in a Boston comeback in his highest minute total all season. Thornton was only playing 14.5 minutes per game in his previous 2015 outings, so we would have to see it again before suggesting a pickup. Plus, he made just 32.4 percent from the field in his previous six games.
Jan 19 - 6:19 PM

The Celtics are getting interest in Marcus Thornton, but teams are concerned with his $8.6 million salary.

That makes sense and the Celtics would love to unload him for another draft pick. Thornton's minutes have been in the low teens since Jeff Green was dealt and he's made a woeful 21.7 percent from the field in 2015. If he's moved, it'll help Jae Crowder, Evan Turner, Marcus Smart, James Young and Avery Bradley.
Jan 14 - 4:32 PM

Marcus Thornton returned to action and played 14 minutes with five points, three rebounds and two assists against the Nets on Wednesday.

The Boston fans are probably not happy Thornton was active over James Young, which could change soon. Thornton has very little fantasy value.
Jan 8 - 1:17 AM

Marcus Thornton is active against the Nets on Wednesday.

He missed his last two games and he should be 100 percent considering the team has moved James Young to the inactive list. Thornton's return is likely to hurt Jae Crowder the most, but neither are great fantasy options.
Jan 7 - 6:04 PM

Marcus Thornton (calf) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

He has missed 11 straight games so even if he is activated the Celtics would likely ease him back into action. However, he has averaged just 15.4 minutes per game this season so owners in standard leagues can safely ignore him for the time being. If Thornton ends up sitting again, Avery Bradley will continue to play big minutes and Jae Crowder will remain in the rotation.
Jan 7 - 11:09 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Brandon Knight
2Archie Goodwin
3Kendall Marshall
SG1Eric Bledsoe
2Gerald Green
3Marcus Thornton
SF1P.J. Tucker
2Danny Granger
3Reggie Bullock
4John Salmons
5T.J. Warren
PF1Markieff Morris
2Marcus Morris
C1Alex Len
2Brandan Wright
3Earl Barron