Thornwell recorded 13 points (3-13 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 7-10 FT), three rebounds, two steals and an assist in 30 minutes during Monday's 105-80 loss to the Rockets in a Vegas Summer League contest.
Thornwell became a fixture in the Clippers starting lineup following multiple backcourt injuries at the dn of the regular season, and it's expected that he'll be a candidate to rejoin the starting five once again. There's no questioning the South Carolina product's defensive skills, but his invite to the summer league gives him an opportunity to hone his offensive mettle, which was sometimes lacking in his freshman campaign.
Thornwell poured in 22 points (7-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-7 FT) and added six rebounds, four assists and one block across 26 minutes during the Clippers' 88-78 win over the Kings in a Las Vegas Summer League contest Sunday.
Thornwell has come out of the chute hot in Vegas, pacing the Clippers in scoring in each of his first two games on his way to an average of 20.0 points on 48.0 percent shooting. The 2017 second-round pick saw action in 73 games overall in his rookie campaign, closing it out with a pair of double-digit scoring efforts. He'll look to gain valuable experience during his remaining time in the desert in anticipation of a potentially larger role during his second season.
Thornwell posted a team-high 18 points (5-13 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 6-7 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal across 31 minutes during Friday's 77-71 summer league loss to the Warriors.
Thornwell has no shortage of NBA experience, and it showed Friday. In addition to leading the team in scoring, the 48th overall pick in 2017 tied with Reggie Upshaw on Friday for the Clippers' best +/- with a +15.
Thornwell tallied 20 points (9-14 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 0-3 FT), seven assists, five rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in 32 minutes during Monday's 113-100 loss to the Pelicans.
Thornwell turned in career highs in scoring and assists while matching his career best in blocks. The long list of injuries certainly helped Thornwell's cause, and the 23-year-old rookie can likely be expected to receive ample minutes in Wednesday's season finale versus the Lakers. There will be a ton of variables involved going forward, but Thornwell's defensive versatility, effort, and well-rounded offensive game bodes well for his future in the league. If the Clippers don't re-sign Avery Bradley or address the wing rotation during free agency, Thorwell could carve himself out a more reliable reserve role as a sophomore in 2018-19.
Thornwell will come off the bench for Saturday's contest against the Nuggets, Elliott Teaford of the Torrance Daily Breeze reports.
Despite drawing a start in the team's most recent contest, Thornwell played his usual role, seeing 16 minutes. So, in coming off the bench Saturday, much may not change.
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