- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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This is the 11th installment of our daily Nets player-by-player breakdown, with an emphasis on what's to come for next season.
MARCUS THORNTON, GUARD
Year in review: In need of some scoring punch off the bench, the Nets acquired Thornton on Feb. 19 in a trade with the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Reggie Evans and Jason Terry. Thornton caught fire in a number of games. He misfired in others. Overall, he shot 38 percent from 3-point range and averaged 12.3 points in 26 regular-season games for the Nets. He scored 20 or more points six times. Then the playoffs came. It was mostly a struggle. Thornton did have 17 points in 20 minutes against the Toronto Raptors in Game 7 of the first round. But overall, he averaged just 5.9 points on 38.9 percent shooting. He shot several air balls. Twice he was a DNP-coach's decision.
Role moving forward: Thornton is at his best when he gets hot off the bench. But when he’s not scoring, his on-court value diminishes significantly. Either way, he’s a nice piece to have -- especially when the team is in need of a spark.
Contract status: Thornton is in the final year of his contract and is slated to earn $8.6 million in 2014-15.
What they’re saying: “He’s a guy that just comes in, and if he gets on fire, anything can happen. Any time you have a threat like that coming off the bench, that’s a plus.” -- Deron Williams
Should they bring him back? Sure, though it’s probably a good idea to see what type of trade value he might have as an expiring contract. Otherwise, Thornton could be a very nice weapon for coach Jason Kidd.
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