The downside to Marcus Thornton on the Boston Celtics – CelticsBlog (blog)
The newly acquired Marcus Thornton can be a huge contribution to Boston’s rebuilding process. But then again, can he?
Marcus Thornton is a fresh face in Boston after being involved in a three team trade that cleared cap space for the Cavaliers to sign LeBron. While this deal seemed to benefit the Cavs in that they landed the King, the Celtics came away with a handful of useful talent…Thornton being one of them.
Previously with the Nets, this score first shooting guard can find numerous ways to put the ball in the basket. And after the Celtics ranked 27th in offensive efficiency last season, they need all the help they can get.
While he used to be more of a slasher than marksman, Thornton redefined himself in Brooklyn, where he increased his 3 point shooting attempts, percentage, and added a bit more extra spacing for the Nets. Now as a veteran scorer on a team with pass first/ mediocre shooting point guards, not only can he prove his worthiness, but he can create a smooth offense…something the Celtics lacked last season.
While the upside is high, like anyone else, Thornton has his downside.
Jam packed backcourt
After some wise acquisitions and a busy free agency, the Celtics have concocted a young and talented front court. There can be potential found every where you look, from rookies to veterans.
At point guard, Rajon Rondo and Marcus Smart will be carrying most of the load. Luckily for Thornton, he does not play point guard. At shooting guard, Danny Ainge seems to have invested in Avery Bradley, and while AB has played point guard in the past, he is not going to be paid 8 million dollars to come off the bench. So the starting shooting guard spot is Avery’s to lose. …read more