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A Case for Marcus Thornton

First off I would like to say that I am so glad to see that the nba is back and the die hards of this community are still around and excited for not only bulls basketball but the nba as a whole. Secondly I know that Thornton is not an UFA this year but I would like to make a case and see what the community thinks.

Marcus Thornton came into the league in the 2009 draft (the same one we drafted JJ and Taj). That draft if we remember was deeper than some in recent memory and included the likes of Blake Griffin, Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry, and Brandon Jennings. We also watched Dejuan Blair slide into the second round because of fear about him not having acl's in both knees. Thornton (who I liked coming out) went in the second round to the hornets. 
At first glance his rookie campaign wasn't really much to look at.  
LIT GP MIN FGM-FGA FG% 3PM-3PA 3P% FTM-FTA FT% OR DR REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS
Total 73 25.6 5.5-12.1 .451 1.6-4.3 .374 2.0-2.4 .814 1.0 1.9 2.9 1.6 0.2 0.8 1.7 1.0 14.5

I mean those are hardly the number of a guy who is setting the world on fire despite having some very nice games. However at the tail end of his rookie year an injury allowed him to crack the starting line up and look what happened to his production. 

By Position GP MIN FGM-FGA FG% 3PM-3PA 3P% FTM-FTA FT% OR DR REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS
As Starting Guard 17 37.2 7.3-16.1 .454 2.1-6.0 .353 3.1-3.7 .841 1.2 2.6 3.8 2.6 0.2 0.9 2.2 1.2

19.8

The percentages state relatively the same but he increased his production by 5 points per game. Again not really setting the world on fire but as a rookie shooting .45% from the field and .35% from the 3 while averaging a clip under 20 ppg is solid production. Then in the summer after the dust settled with Ledusche and the "The Decision". There were rumors in the summer that he might be one of the potential candidates to fill the SG spot but it never materialized. 
His second year was split between a New Orleans and Sacramento via mid season trade. Even though he produced well as a starter his second year began with him coming off the bench in a 6th man, "instant offense" role. His numbers here took a dip because of loss of the starting role and team turmoil. 
By Position GP MIN FGM-FGA FG% 3PM-3PA 3P% FTM-FTA FT% OR DR REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS

Off Bench 50 17.2 3.4-7.9 .426 0.9-2.3 .381 1.3-1.7 .762 0.5 2.3 2.9 1.0 0.1 0.5 1.2 0.8 8.9

But around the All-Star break it was rumored that Thornton could be had for draft picks and I was hoping that the Bulls would make a big push to get him being that his a major upgrade over anything that we have now. However we did nothing (sounds about right for garpaxdorf) and went to the Kings for Carl Landry. Being able to start an next to a dynamic guard Thornton's numbers took off.

By Position GP MIN FGM-FGA FG% 3PM-3PA 3P% FTM-FTA FT% OR DR REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS
As Starting Guard 23 39.7 7.9-18.0 .441 2.0-5.5 .354 3.5-4.3 .810 1.5 3.5 5.0 3.7 0.1 1.7 2.2 2.3 21.3

And so here is my case. Again I know that Thornton isn't and UFA this year, but if Thornton can be had for draft picks or maybe even a role player do you think he should make a jump at this? My thinking is that here is a guy who has proven he can flat our score, both create his own shot and create for others and teams focus on him. He can shoot the 3 consistently at a healthy rate. I think that as a scorer and secondary ball handler he has an immense upside. His detractors are that he doesn't hav the height and maybe isn't athletic as a O.J. Mayo or Jason Richardson but he is younger and if he works out might be extended for cheaper because he is undervalued. Besides my personal opinion of Mayo is that his is far over valued because he has largely been the same player since he entered the league and has not made any improvements to his game and in his third year Memphis actually drafted his replacement and moved him to the bench.

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Memphis 82 82 38.0 .438 .384 .879 3.8 3.2 1.1 .2 18.5
2009–10 Memphis 82 82 38.0 .458 .383 .809 3.8 3.0 1.2 .2 17.5
2010–11 Memphis 71 17 26.3 .407 .364 .756 2.4 2.0 1.0 .4 11.3
Career 235 181 34.5 .438 .378 .828 3.4 2.8 1.1 .2 16.0

So what are your thoughts and opinions? If Thornton can be had for a role player and a pick do you think the bulls should it? Do you think that Thornton would be a good fit to fill the SG role that we need? If not then why not? In closing here are Thornton's career stats. Discuss. 

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 New Orleans 73 17 25.6 .451 .374 .814 2.9 1.6 .8 .2 14.5
2010–11 New Orleans 46 0 16.2 .410 .376 .758 2.8 .9 .4 .1 7.8
2010–11 Sacramento 27 23 38.1 .450 .361 .805 4.7 3.4 1.7 .2 21.3
Career 146 40 25.0 .443 .371 .801 3.2 1.7 .8 .1 13.6

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