On paper this is a good move by the Nets, getting a player who packs some scoring punch to come off of the bench, although Thornton can be very inconsistent. In Sacramento, Thornton, , the LSU product who was drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft by the Miami Heat, was playing 24.4 minutes a game and averaging 8.3 points, starting 26 games this season. He will take on a lesser role in Brooklyn, and perhaps one that is better suited to his skill set. A career 3.5.9% three point shooter, Thornton certainly has the ability to score in bunches, something the Nets could use off of the bench, scoring 15 or more points nine times this year, and dropping 42 points in 42 minutes on the Pacers in late January. The flip side is that he has failed to score ten points in six of his last eight games played.
When you weigh what the Nets gave up to gain his services this trade looks very good. Giving up Reggie Evans, who was playing only 13.3 minutes per game this year and pulling down only five rebounds per game, his biggest skill, and Jason Terry, a player whose best years are behind him for a 26 year old with some upside seems like a no-brainer.
It’s a low risk move by general manager Billy King which should provide head coach Jason Kidd with some more options for lineup combinations and something that should improve the team in the short term at the very least.