View Full Version : Warriors Sign Al Thornton--What happened to him?

03-03-2011, 09:33 PM
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent forward Al Thornton after he was released by the Washington Wizards earlier this week.

Golden State said Thursday that Thornton was expected to join the Warriors before Friday night's game with the Celtics in Boston.

The 27-year-old Thornton averaged 8.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 21.8 minutes in 49 games this season for Washington.

He was selected 14th overall in the first round in 2007 draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.

I remember he was a really solid player for the Clippers a few season back and was once considered an untouchable piece that they could build around. I havent kept up with him lately so my question is: What happened? Is he just another good scorer, bad defender type?

03-03-2011, 09:34 PM
He is 27 already!!!! Wow :speechless:

FaM0us Skins
03-03-2011, 09:35 PM
Damn I was hoping the Spurs would try to go for him

03-03-2011, 09:36 PM
17 and 5 his sophomore year. I am wondering the same thing.

03-03-2011, 09:39 PM
Yeah I always really liked him, hoping the celtics would pick him up. Great energy guy.

03-03-2011, 09:39 PM
he didnt get much playn time wit lewis and howard

03-03-2011, 09:39 PM
this guy hit his plateau... i think hes a starter, but 17 and 5 is his ceiling.....

packers 1 baby
03-03-2011, 09:45 PM
dam it the lakers should have gotin him

03-03-2011, 09:49 PM
he could be a solid starter, avg maybe 12 and 5. but he's nothing spectacular

03-03-2011, 09:52 PM
I can tell honestly tell you guys Thornton is not starter material, unless your team is stacked in every other position. He's a really streaky shooter, and can't shoot the three to save his life. He's a little athletic and that's about it.

03-03-2011, 09:53 PM
dam it the lakers should have gotin him

No thanks. Lakers have enough wings in the team.

03-03-2011, 10:03 PM
i really thought ainge woulda made an effort to get him...feel like he was too wrapped up in brewer that he missed out

03-03-2011, 10:03 PM
OK first off, he was NEVER untouchable. The guy sucked from day 1, now as to what happened because he sucks more now its called lack of playing time and off the bench status. Contrary to popular belief its harder to produce off the bench despite playing against opposing benches. This doesnt explain all his problems, the other being that teams have figured him out and he has yet to figure out how to use his athletic ability in other areas (such as defensively or on the glass).

17 and 5 his sophomore year. I am wondering the same thing.
Dig deeper, his efficiency sucked. Any bum could get 17 and 5 if they shot enough

03-03-2011, 10:15 PM
Nobody here touched on the most important thing. He's a Black Hole. Imagine Zach Randolph on the Knicks and Blazers but worse. If you passed him the ball.. it was 100 percent guaranteed he wasn't passing. He was going to shoot a fadeaway that was contested and miss.. or attack the rim. PERIOD. He was also a defensive liability and a pretty low IQ player. Gifted athletically and could attack the rim, that's it. I was happy when we shed Maggette to let him start.. but soon regretted the Clippers doing it. Maggette at least was decently efficient.

Al Thornton very inefficient.

03-03-2011, 10:23 PM
I didn't even know he was released..

Jays Claw
03-03-2011, 11:16 PM
Dig deeper, his efficiency sucked. Any bum could get 17 and 5 if they shot enough

You're right. Thornton's PER that year was horrid and his career PER (12.3) explains why he's fallen off the map.