Fantasy Risers: Marcus Thornton Red-Hot In Loss to Cavaliers

February 24th, 2010 by kevin roberts Leave a reply »
We knew New Orleans' rookie guard Marcus Thornton had some game.

Analysts all over were marveling over what a steal he was when the Hornets got him with a second-round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, and after some solid early season games, everyone who backed him coming out of LSU felt vindicated.

But now they really can say "I told you so" to any of Thornton's doubters.

Despite losing his starting gig to veteran Morris Peterson (due to injury) a few weeks ago, Thornton thrived off the bench last night, dropping 37 points (23 in the first half) on the Cleveland Cavaliers, as he made 15-of-22 shots, while logging 31 minutes.

So, the question now is, is this just a blip in the radar, or is this Thornton's vast potential coming to life?

With starting point guard Chris Paul still out and minutes readily available, there's no reason to think Thornton can't start putting in more performances like this.

Well, maybe not exactly like this.

However, Thornton was on a tear with consistent, solid production before his injury back in the beginning of February, as he had strung together six consecutive starts with ...

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