Hey there Sactownroyalty, I've been a long time observer and now I'm a first time poster. I just had a couple questions about Thornton for you guys.
Now he's my favorite player and I may seem a little bias, but why all the negativity about him? I've seen so many posts and comments saying "not productive, no defense, TS% is garbage, not living up to contract, etc. etc." Truth is he's probably our best scoring option now that Tyreke is gone. Also, I think he's an underrated defender. You guys make it sound like Thornton has Jimmer's defensive skill set sometimes.
Now for the bench role argument. A ton of people (from what I've seen) wanted to see Thornton come off the bench and be like a James Harden in OKC. I never understood why you have your best scorer come off the bench myself. In games he's come off the bench, he scored 12 points a game, shot 42%, and had less than a steal a game, all while seeing a whopping 21 minutes a game. Now going by those numbers, yeah, he won't live up to a contract of 8 mil a year. However, in games Marcus starts it's a whole different story. 20 PPG, 44% shooting (decent for a SG), 4 RPG, 2 APG, and 1.5 SPG. When you give him bigger minutes and don't pressure him to be effective right away off the bench, he's going to give you what a true shooting guard should, points.
Thornton's problem (or blessing) is that it takes him time to get going or catch fire. When he's missing, it's pretty hard to watch.
Exhibit A: first half of the last game of of the season against the Clippers. 1-7, 3 points. Wasn't getting in a groove, forcing shots, nothing was falling.
Exhibit B: 2nd half vs clippers. 7-12 shooting, 18 points. He also helped erase a 14 point clipper lead with some timely 3's in the 4th.
Another example of what happens when Thornton catches fire is here. I think this one speaks for itself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVu2vi-qPZw
The last thing I wanted to say is that when Thornton tends to start games, we win more of them. I forgot the stats, but I think ziller or section 214 posted them a while back saying that we win a lot more games when he starts as opposed to when he doesn't. If someone could find that or prove me wrong I'd enjoy seeing them again.
Long story short: Thornton isn't as bad as some of you think he is. Give him the minutes of a starter and I believe you'll see him back to 20 points a game in no time.