It’s only been two games – so basing it off Thornton’s play would be difficult, but then again – that’s why we’re calling it initial.
The reaction was mixed at the time of the trade announcement, so, I’m curious to see if any fan opinion has changed in the few short days Thornton has worn the black and purple.
Do you approve of the Kings trade for Marcus? Still undecided? Or just plain hate it?
As for me? Eh, I see it as essentially the best we could do for Landry given the circumstances. That sounds like a mild bash on Thornton – it’s certainly not. I think Marcus brings a handful of qualities that the Kings lack – a deep threat, a solid shooter, a guard that can tangle with the big men down low. And while he does have his issues – defense, undersized – the good outweighs the bad for me. When Tyreke Evans returns, be it later this year or next, Thornton has all of the qualities you look for in a sixth man. His deep shot is a run stopper for opposing teams and a run starter for the Kings – his speed can eat up a second unit’s defense – and his consistent scoring ability off the bench will be a welcome addition.
Is Carl Landry more valuable? Given the premium on big men in the NBA, sure – especially given that Landry can score. But let’s not play devils advocate here. Landry was in town for a year and a half and really never played up to the hype that many thought he could. His scoring, supposedly his best asset, was average this season. His rebounding was some of the worst in the league for a “big man” – and most importantly, he was a free agent to be who was/is going to score a pretty nice pay day – one the Kings couldn’t afford to clog up their cap space with.
Like I’ve said before – Carl Landry is the piece you bring on to make a playoff contender a Championship contender – not a piece you bring on to move you from a league worst record to a 10th seed. I’m content with the move as I was when it was made.