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After being drafted in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, William & Mary alumnus Marcus Thornton was quickly sent overseas to play for the Sydney Kings of Australia’s National Basketball League.
Since joining the Kings for preseason workouts in August, Thornton has quickly emerged as one of the top rookies in the NBL.
Having played in 18 games this season, Thonton is averaged 14.8 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game and 1.9 assists per game. Thorton’s scoring average puts him 15th overall in the league, just behind former NBA veterans and current teammates Josh Childress (15.67 ppg) and Al Harrington (17.67).
But despite Thornton’s success on the court, the Sydney Kings have struggled to find wins as the team has battled injuries to Childress, center Julian Khazzouh and guard Steve Markovic.
The Kings currently sit last in the eight-team league with a 4-14 record. The next closest team to the Kings is the Townsville Crocodiles with a 7-12 record.
With the playoffs looking unlikely for the Sydney Kings, Thornton will conclude his season in February and could potentially rejoin the Boston Celtics should the team call him up for duty.
If not called up for NBA play, Thornton could also play in the NBA Development League for the Maine Red Claws, an affiliate of the Celtics.