Marcus Thornton always dreamed of playing in the NBA and he is one step closer after the Miami Heat selected him with the 13th pick of the second round and 43rd pick overall of the 2009 NBA Draft.
While it appeared that Thornton was headed to Miami, approximately15 minutes after the Heat selected him an announcement was made that Thornton was involved in a trade to the New Orleans Hornets for two future second round picks.
Thornton’s stock shot up after his senior season, where he raked in one postseason honor after the other.
After averaging 21.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, the Baton Rouge-native was a consensus SEC Player of the Year selection in 2009 and also brought home the USWBA District VII Player of the Year award.
Thornton was the first Tiger to average more than 20 points a game in a season since Ronnie Henderson accomplished that feat in 1996.
Thornton’s selection made it five straight years that a Tiger was chosen in the NBA draft.
Over the past five years, the Tigers had Brandon Bass selected in 2005, Tyrus Thomas in 2006, Glen Davis in 2007, Anthony Randolph in 2008 and Thornton in 2009.
Thornton was the only LSU Tiger selected on Thursday, but Chris Johnson and Garrett Temple are both expected to get a look in an NBA camp.