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5 - Marcus Thornton

6-4, 194 Shooting Guard
LSU Senior
Birthday
06/05/87 (33.5 yrs)
Hometown
Baton Rouge, LA
High School
Tara
Team Site Profile
Statistics
Athleticism
7
Size
7
Defense
8
Strength
8
Quickness
8
Leadership
7
Jump Shot
9
NBA Ready
8
Ball Handling
7
Potential
7
Passing
7
Intangibles
7

NBA Comparison: DeShawn Stevenson

Strengths: A strong bodied guard who has become a dangerous scoring threat thanks to his shooting touch … Has the ability to make tough shots (under duress, contested, off the dribble) … Proven he has the range to step beyond the NBA 3 … His stroke is smooth and his release is extremely quick, allowing him to get his shot off with minimal space … Understands how to read the action and use screens to get open … Has gotten better at being aggressive and attacking the basket, rather than settling for the outside shot … His shot helps him as an attacker out of the triple threat, because people have to play him close … Has a knack for playing the passing lanes and he also likes to get out in transition where he can attack before the defense gets set … For a guard, he is a very good rebounder, he puts in a solid effort to get to the O glass on a regular basis …He has improved as a playmaker, looking not just for his own shot, but also to create for his teammates … Played well his entire senior season, but came on especially strong down the stretch where he had 2 big games in the NCAA tournament …

Weaknesses: At 6-4 he is an undersized SG and does not have a great wingspan to make up for it … Athletically, he is decent, but will be facing more athletic players on a regular basis at the next level … Might have to become strictly a shooting specialist … Lacks the polish and natural game on the perimeter (he is not the most skilled player off the dribble) … Unless it’s off of a catch, he has a hard time creating separation using the dribble … Struggles finishing in the lane because he lacks the athleticism and body control to finish over the top of help defenses … His FT shooting has dipped to a subpar 74.5%, it may be a question of concentration, because he is far too good of a shooter to not shot over 80% … Because of his size, he may be a liability defensively, people will be able to shoot over top of him with ease (although his strength will definitely help) … Has moments where he looks strictly for his own shot, becoming predictable and hurting his team’s offense …

Borko Popic – 6/17/2009

NBADraft.net Interview

YouTube Clip – 6/14/2009

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