06/10/09 4:27 pm EST
Yesterday we mentioned that the 76ers were scheduled to bring in LSU’s Marcus Thornton on Thursday as one of their last remaining scheduled NBA Draft prospect workouts for 2009. Well the Sixers have added four players to Thursday’s list so that Thornton has some cats to play against, pass the ball to and run drills with in front of Stefanski and the Sixers brass. Included among the additions are two local products, Temple’s Dionte Christmas and UNC shooting guard Wayne Ellington (Episcopal Academy).
Most “experts” seem to think Collison could sneak into the late 1st Round. Depending on who you talk with or what NBA mock draft you read, Ellington and Thornton have played themselves into late 1st to mid 2nd round picks. Christmas is not projected to get drafted next week.
We wrote this yesterday about Thornton…
Thornton a shooting guard who stands 6-3 and weighs 195 pounds, averaged 21 points, 5.5 rebounds and2 dimes a game last year for the LSU Tigers. Thornton hit at a 47.2% clip from the field and at a 38.8% from the 3-ball territory. He did not participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, however he did work out at the 2009 NBA Combine in Chicago.
Draftexpress.com one of the most respected NBA Draft analytical websites had the following to say about Thornton:
“…is a capable scorer who should benefit from playing a smaller role at the next level…Only a decent scorer on isolations, off of pull ups, and on the pick and roll, Thornton got more shots off of cuts than any other shooting guard and took the second most shots off of screens. His coach obviously loved running plays for him in the half-court, and his ability to play without the ball should make him a big asset from day one in the NBA. Something of a jack of all trades, Thornton even got a whole possession per game in the post, and is the type of player that can contribute for almost any type of team. He can do so many different things that he’s a good fit in most systems, so long as he doesn’t have to put the ball on the floor a great deal in half court settings to create offense.”
Joining Thornton, Ellington and Christmas will be Jack McClinton (Miami, FL) and Darren Collison (UCLA).
Of course as we all know, the Sixers have the 17th pick in the June 25 NBA Draft.