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Evaluating the Brooklyn Nets Acquisition of Marcus Thorton

February 19th, 2014 at 8:22 PM
By Martin Mihaly

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On Wednesday, the Brooklyn Nets acquired shooting guard Marcus Thornton from the Sacramento Kings.  In the deal, the Nets shipped out Reggie Evans and Jason Terry.  

Evans was a rebounding machine last season as he averaged more than 11 rebounds per game.  However, he never fit into new Nets coach Jason Kidd's system and rotation.  Kidd likes players that could help spread the floor offensively and that is not Evans game at all.  He is more of the type of player on offense that will get the ball and kick right back out to someone else.

The bigger disappointment this season was Terry.  The veteran guard struggled all season with injuries and being able to play at a high level.  Terry  missed 16 games with the Nets this season.  During the 35 games he did play with the Nets, he shot just 36.2% from the field and averaged just 4.5 points per game in 16.3 minutes per game.  He was acquired over the offseason in the deal that brought Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics to Brooklyn.  GM Billy King was hopeful that Terry would be able provide a scoring punch off the bench.  

Now in his fifth year in the NBA, Thornton also struggled this season with the Kings.  He is supposed to be a terrific shooter with high scoring ability.  In 2011-12, he averaged 18.7 points per game.  This season has been a significant change, though.  Thornton averaged just 8.3 points per game while shooting just 38.1% from the floor and 31.8% from three-point territory in 24.4 minutes per game.  

Player contracts are not really a big factor in this deal as each player's contract expires after next season.  The biggest difference in that area is that Thornton is guaranteed over $8 million next season.  

This trade should help the Nets.  As previously stated, Terry was struggling and Evans was not getting any minutes.  Thornton has also struggled this season but not to the level of Terry.  He will be another shooter that the Nets will bring off the bench to go with Alan Anderson and Mirza Teletovic.  

With the trade deadline being tomorrow, who knows what other moves the Nets could make to help bolster their roster. 

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Tags: Basketball, Billy King, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Nets, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Kevin Garnett, Marcus Thornton, NBA, Paul Pierce, Reggie Evans, Sacramento Kings

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