March 3, 2011
Warriors Sign Free Agent Forward Al Thornton
Three-Year Veteran Was A Member of NBA’s All-Rookie First Team In 2007-08
Al Thornton has averaged 12.4 points and 4.3 rebounds over his first three-plus seasons in the NBA.
The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent forward Al Thornton, the team announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not released. Thornton, who was released by the Washington Wizards earlier this week, is expected to join the team prior to Friday’s game in Boston.
Thornton, 27, appeared in 49 games this season with the Wizards, averaging 8.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 21.8 minutes. The 6’8” forward scored a season-high 24 points October 30 at Atlanta, one of four (4) 20-plus point outings this season. Additionally, he tallied double figures in points on 17 occasions with the Wizards, including six (6) consecutive games December 14-26.
Originally selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft (14th overall), Thornton was named a member of the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team following the 2007-08 campaign, when he averaged 12.7 points (second among all rookies) and 4.5 rebounds in 79 games (31 starts). He scored a career-high 39 points – equaling then the most-ever for a Clippers rookie – against Memphis on March 29, 2008.
A three-year NBA veteran, Thornton enjoyed his most productive NBA campaign in 2008-09, when he averaged career-high figures in scoring (16.8) and rebounds (5.2). Overall, the Florida State alumnus has averaged 12.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in 274 career NBA outings with the Clippers and Wizards.
Thornton will wear jersey #23 for the Warriors.