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Old 06-22-2009, 03:54 PM   #1
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According to a recent report made by wagesofwins.com, Los Angeles Clippers forward Al Thornton(notes) was the least productive player in the NBA last season by a fairly comfortable margin.

The report, which ranks the bottom 10 percent players in the league in terms of wins produced by using statistics like games played, games started, and minutes played, determined that Thornton “produced” -2.88 wins for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2008-2009.

Thornton played in 71 games with 67 starts, and compiled 2.654 minutes on the court to place him -.18 wins ahead of Dallas’ Antoine Wright(notes) and -.40 wins in front of Minnesota’s/Sacramento’s Bobby Brown.

Other Clippers who made this dubious list were Ricky Davis (7th, still with the team), Tim Thomas (11th, no longer with the squad) and Steve Novak (31st, a free agent), meaning that of the 45 players who comprise the bottom 10 percent of the “wins produced category,” four spent time with a Clipper franchise that went 19-63 last season.

And while some may question the validity of such a report, especially considering the meaningful contributions that Thornton and Novak made in 2008-2009, it’s hard to argue with a correlation between a losing team and players who may have done well statistically, but didn’t actually lead their squad to victories. And even though Thornton clearly isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, Novak still hasn’t re-signed with the Clippers and has already been criticized for his lack of an offensive repertoire beyond three-point shooting and for a dearth of defensive skill.

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Old 06-23-2009, 03:28 AM   #2
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:27 PM   #3
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Default Re: Thornton is least productive in NBA

Lets see:

Eats McDonalds before games
Takes fadeaways on slow unathletic defenders like Scalabrine and Bonner
Can't make a 3 to save his life

Yup thats you Al Thornton. Least productive? Surprise, surprise
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Old 06-26-2009, 09:42 PM   #4
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Why does this not surprise me at all? He was given the starting spot at the 3, with no one to compete against. He is one of the most inconsistent and frustrating players. Looks out of control very often and always loves the fage away when a simple drive to the hoop would suffice. If he doesnt improve next year, his time is up
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:36 PM   #5
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Gotta feel bad for the Clippers. They've never won a title and they had a terrible season last year. They need a new coach if they want to have any hopes of improvement.
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:34 AM   #6
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On a brighter note... He is pretty darn good in NBA 2k9
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:02 PM   #7
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It could be that he just doesn't care. Dunleavy inspires apathy.
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It could be that he just doesn't care. Dunleavy inspires apathy.

No its his ill advised jumpers and bad ball handling skills. He also makes horrible decisions on the break
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Old 07-11-2009, 07:56 PM   #9
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Seriously, I never understood why clippers fans were so high on him. He's been a black hole since he came into the league. Clippers should package him and Camby for a small forward that can defend.
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Seriously, I never understood why clippers fans were so high on him. He's been a black hole since he came into the league. Clippers should package him and Camby for a small forward that can defend.


Its easy to say this two seasons later.. but in his first season, it was difficult to gage his impact because of how horrible the team was. We saw potential and erratic play... Now usually you give a player slack for being a novice.. but after another season we can see that he is just out of control and cannot adapt properly to the NBA game.

So the problem was never potential.. it was his inability to build on that potential..

Now that weve experienced his constant struggle, I would not mind trading him being packaged.. but the only issue is that now everyone else knows what we know...
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Old 07-12-2009, 03:24 PM   #11
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See I don't know. With Eric Gordon, you can already tell he's gonna be a very good player, just from his playing style. I felt Thornton had horrible shot selection in his rookie season, didn't really see anything nice out of him but a few athletic drives here and there.

I would rather have kept Maggette and fired Dunleevy, but I dont think i'm alone here... especially in the firing dunleevy
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See I don't know. With Eric Gordon, you can already tell he's gonna be a very good player, just from his playing style. I felt Thornton had horrible shot selection in his rookie season, didn't really see anything nice out of him but a few athletic drives here and there.

I would rather have kept Maggette and fired Dunleevy, but I dont think i'm alone here... especially in the firing dunleevy


I think CMagg was too expensive for what he does... When it comes to MikeD i agree.. his coaching is suspect particularly at the end of fourth quarters. Im okay with him as a GM but when it comes to coaching, the Clipps could do better.
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Whhaaaaaat?

Why are ppl baggin on him?

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