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Al Thornton
Al Thornton LA Clippers Camp Pendleton.jpg
Thornton with the Clippers in October 2009.
Washington Wizards  – No. 14
Born December 7, 1983 (1983-12-07) (age 26)
Perry, Georgia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
League NBA
Salary $1,900,200
High school Perry
College Florida State
Draft 14th overall, 2007
Los Angeles Clippers
Pro career 2007–present
Former teams Los Angeles Clippers (2007–2010)
Awards 2006 Second-Team All-ACC
2007 ACC Second-Team All-Tournament
2007 First Team All-ACC
2008 NBA All-Rookie First Team
Profile Info Page

Al Thornton (born December 7, 1983, in Perry, Georgia) is an American professional basketball player for the NBA's Washington Wizards. Collegiately, he played for Florida State University.



Al Thornton's outstanding four-year career at Florida State University was capped off by a stellar individual senior year that saw him make the AP Third-Team All-American, a unanimous selection to the First-Team All-ACC team, and was runner up to Boston College's Jared Dudley for the ACC Player of the Year. He led the ACC in scoring and averaged over 7 rebounds per game as well. His season came to a disappointing end as the Seminoles did not qualify for the NCAA tournament for the ninth straight season and were forced to play in the NIT.[1]

NBA career


Los Angeles Clippers

On June 28, 2007, Thornton was taken 14th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. Thornton also has the same agent as Yao Ming. On July 9, Thornton played his first summer league game for the Clippers, scoring 24 points and registering 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 blocks in a 108–102 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

In just his third preseason game as a rookie, Thornton led the Clippers to a win over the Golden State Warriors with 24 points on 11–15 shooting, including a perfect 2–2 from behind the 3-point arc while also connecting on all 8 of his first attempts from the floor.

With Ruben Patterson in the starting lineup at the start of the season, Thornton would not get the playing time he had received during preseason. Patterson was waived on December 13, 2007 in order to give the rookie more playing time.[2] With a slew of injuries to the Clippers' big men, including Paul Davis with a torn ACL, Tim Thomas with recurring back and ankle injuries, and Elton Brand sidelined with a ruptured achilles tendon, Thornton took advantage of his minutes playing power forward, and small forward when teammate Corey Maggette was on the bench.

After the new year, Thornton is averaging 15.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, and 1.6 apg; he is doubling his scoring and quadrupling his assists from November and December when he averaged 7.15 ppg, 3.2 rpg, and 0.4 apg. Thornton's playing time has increased to 31.7 mins for the month of February, and with the month almost up, he is averaging 16.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 assist, and .8 steals a game.

Thornton with the Clippers in March 2009.

On January 30, 2008, Thornton scored a then season-high 33 points against the Atlanta Hawks, including a significant block in the final seconds in a 95–88 Clipper win.[3] Thornton also recorded his first[4] double-double on February 9, in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, in which he had 18 points and 10 rebounds.[5]

On March 29, 2008, Thornton equaled a rookie franchise record (and Clippers season-high) 39 points on 13 of 23 field goal shooting, 3 of 6 from behind the arch, and 10 of 12 from the line in a 110–97 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Thornton scored 20 of his 39 in the fourth quarter to seal the win and snap the Clippers' 10-game losing streak.[6]

On May 13, 2008, Al Thornton was named to the 2008 NBA All-Rookie First Team.[7]

On October 31, 2008, Thornton had a double-double with 30 points and 11 rebounds, a season high.

Washington Wizards

On February 17, 2010, Thornton was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Washington Wizards as part of a three-team, six-player trade that sent Antawn Jamison from Washington to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Žydrūnas Ilgauskas, a 2010 first round pick and the rights to Emir Preldžič from the Cleveland to Washington, Drew Gooden from Washington to Los Angeles, and Sebastian Telfair from Los Angeles to Cleveland.[8]



Year Team Games Played Minutes/Game Points/Game Rebounds/Game Assists/Game Blocks/Game Steals/Game FG% 3PT% FT% Turnovers/Game
[1] Florida State University 35 31.2 19.7 7.2 0.7 1.1 1.5 53% 44.4% 79% 2.5


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2007–08 L.A. Clippers 79 31 27.3 .429 .331 .743 4.5 1.2 0.6 0.5 12.7
2008–09 L.A. Clippers 71 67 37.4 .446 .253 .754 5.2 1.5 0.8 0.9 16.8
2009–10 L.A. Clippers 51 30 27.5 .478 .357 .741 3.8 1.2 0.5 0.4 10.7
2009–10 Washington Wizards 4 1 31.5 .542 .500 .647 6.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 16.0
2009–10 Total 55 31 27.8 .484 .375 .731 3.9 1.1 0.5 0.5 11.1
Career 205 129 30.9 .448 .307 .745 4.6 1.3 0.6 0.6 13.7


  1. ^ Player Bio: Al Thornton :: Men's Basketball
  2. ^ Ruben Patterson
  3. ^ Reeling Hawks' comeback try falls short against Clippers
  4. ^ Al Thornton: Complete 2007-08 Regular Season Game Log
  5. ^ 76ers ride balanced attack to third straight win
  6. ^ Clippers stop Grizzlies to put end to 10-game drought
  7. ^ Durant, Horford Headline T-Mobile All-Rookie Team
  8. ^ "Wizards Acquire Ilgauskas, Thornton and First-Round Pick In Three-Team Deal". February 17, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 

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