Thornton Vegas’ second-leading scorer among rookies

Friday, July 17, 2009
By: Jim Eichenhofer,

Although New Orleans is still seeking its initial victory in summer league, it’s been a very encouraging start to the pro careers of both players the Hornets acquired in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Through Thursday’s games here in Las Vegas, Hornets shooting guard Marcus Thornton ranks eighth in the 22-team league in scoring average, at 20.7 points per game. If you exclude the summer-league participants who already have NBA regular season experience, such as Anthony Randolph, Nick Young and Adam Morrison, Thornton is second on the scoring rundown. The only rookie with better offensive numbers is Dante Cunningham of Portland, at 21.5 points per game.

Meanwhile, Hornets point guard Darren Collison is averaging 18.7 points, ranking him 16th.

If you get a chance this weekend, check out’s Summer League Central audio section, which contains interviews from Las Vegas with several notable Hornets. I’ll also be adding more one-on-one chats over the next few days.

Yesterday, I sat down with Collison prior to Thursday’s game. We’ll have that interview on the site later, but for now, see if you can beat out the UCLA history major in a Hornets history quiz. Since the UCLA product has only been a member of the organization for three weeks, I thought it was only fair to keep them relatively reasonable. Collison correctly answered two of the four questions (well, three if you count the one where I gave him a couple hints). The correct answers can be found in the comments section:

1) How many division titles have the Hornets won in team history?

2) How many All-Star appearances have Chris Paul and David West made in their NBA careers?

3) Prior to Darren being picked, who was the most recent New Orleans draft choice who played all four years in college?

4) Byron Scott enjoys competing in shooting games against his players after practices. Which Hornets player does Scott avoid during these shooting competitions?