Marcus Thornton SG SAC 2 Days
Marcus Thornton played 20 minutes and hit 2-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in Tuesday's loss.
Yes, he's out of the doghouse and back in the rotation, but it also looks like he's going to be terribly inconsistent for the Kings. To that point, in his last three games Thornton has scored 4, 21 and 5 points. If you can figure out on which night he's going to bust loose, put him in your lineup and then go play the lottery.
Marcus Thornton SG SAC 4 Days
Marcus Thornton, who recently rejoined the Kings' rotation, finished Sunday's loss with 21 points on 6-of-11 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs off the bench.
He knocked down 5-of-8 three-pointers in just under 30 minutes of action, his highest playing time since falling out of the rotation in mid-November. Thornton is explosive enough to have sporadic value in a bench role, but it will likely take a trade for him to be steady enough for use in 12-team leagues. His hot hand limited starting SG Ben McLemore to just four points in 18 minutes.
Marcus Thornton SG SAC 6 Days
Marcus Thornton came off the bench Friday, logging his first minutes since November 17th.
Thornton hadn't played in the nearly two weeks since he was benched in favor of rookie Ben McLemore. Coach Mike Malone said of Thornton, "The way he's been playing and shooting the ball in practice gave him an opportunity to have a matchup between him and some bigger guards." Malone is waiting to see if Thornton or Jimmer Fredette can earn more playing time behind McLemore. Still, Thornton contributed a mere four points and three rebounds in over 17 minutes of action. Do not even consider adding him to your fantasy team at this point.
Marcus Thornton SG SAC 15 Days
Marcus Thornton logged his second consecutive DNP-CD (coach's decision) on Wednesday.
The Kings have gone with Ben McLemore in the starting lineup and haven't even given Thornton a chance to show what he can do. The two players have barely been on the court together at all this season, so the outlook is bleak for Thornton right now.
Marcus Thornton SG SAC 16 Days
Marcus Thornton got a DNP-CD (coach's decision) on Tuesday, failing to leave the bench as the Kings beat the Suns in a thriller.
Thornton has been hit or miss all season and outside of a 24-point explosion last Wednesday, hasn't even been worth putting into lineups much. He may have pouted his way out of the rotation, as Jimmer Fredette (14 minutes, 3 points) and Ben McLemore (34 minutes) got all of his time tonight. It's a good bet that Thornton will emerge again at some point in the future, but for now, it looks like Mike Malone has grown tired of the pouting from the high-volume shooter. He needs to be taken out of fantasy lineups and can actually be dropped for a hot free agent. Just be aware that he will probably bounce back at some point this season, but when is anyone's guess.
Marcus Thornton SG SAC 20 Days
Marcus Thornton couldn't back up his big outing on Wednesday, hitting just 1-of-6 shots for five points, four rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes off the bench on Friday.
Thornton stopped pressing on Wednesday and he went right back to pressing tonight, highlighting why he's going to be a tough guy to rely on in fantasy leagues. Feel free to turn him in for a hot free agent in standard leagues.
Marcus Thornton SG SAC 21 Days
Marcus Thornton received praise for his play coming off the bench from coach Mike Malone.
Malone shook up his lineup after a 1-5 start by benching Thornton and Patrick Patterson for Ben McLemore and Jason Thompson and liked what he saw. Malone remarked, "After the game, I told Marcus that maybe I should've put him on the bench sooner with that performance." It's unclear if these lineup changes will stick, but Thornton could thrive as part of the second unit as he'd be facing opposing teams' second unit defenders and is worth a speculative pickup if he's available.
Marcus Thornton SG SAC 22 Days
Marcus Thornton took his frustration with being benched for rookie Ben McLemore out on the Nets on Wednesday, hitting 10-of-19 shots and four 3-pointers for a season-high 24 points in 34 minutes.
The points, 3-pointers and field goals were all season highs and this was the first time he's topped 20 points, as well. He might actually be a better player off the bench, where he can square off against the opposition's second unit, making him worth a close look if he was recently dropped in your league. And based on that fact that he had really been struggling prior to this one, he might still be sitting out there.
Marcus Thornton SG SAC 26 Days
Marcus Thornton hit just 2-of-9 shots for four points in Saturday's loss to the Blazers.
Coach Mike Malone said changes may be coming to the starting unit after a 1-5 start and Jimmer Fredette was aggressive late in this game and Ben McLemore had 13 points and three 3-pointers off the bench. Keep an eye out for news on lineup changes for the Kings in the coming days, and think about stashing McLemore in case the rookie gets thrown into the starting five.
Marcus Thornton SG SAC 27 Days
Marcus Thornton couldn't find the range as he hit just 2-of-11 shots in Friday's loss to the Blazers, finishing with just five points, six rebounds, two steals and one trey in fat 40 minutes.
After all the local hype about Ben McLemore the rookie played just seven minutes tonight, and one has to wonder if Thornton is being given enough rope to hang himself with right now. In the preseason a bunch of Sacto beat writers thought that Buckets had been either outplayed or matched by Jimmer Fredette, and beyond that there have been more questionable moments for Thornton than positive, clarifying moments. With McLemore breathing down his neck, a shorter leash for MT23 is probably best.