With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, LA Clippers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
Sindarius Thornwell emerged as one of Doc Rivers’ success stories in 2017-18, and he will prove to be a valuable member of the Clippers’ bench in 2018-19. A second-round draft pick out of South Carolina, Thornwell was forced into a much larger role last season than originally envisioned. A multitude of injuries forced the Clippers’ hand, and Thornwell was a big reason why the team remained in the playoff hunt and finished 42-40 in a difficult Western Conference.
Although Thornwell only averaged 3.9 PPG, he was more productive when he saw more minutes. Toward the end of the season, the guard poured in a career-high 20 points on 9-for-14 shooting against the New Orleans Pelicans.
"Everybody did a good job of staying in my ear, just telling me to be ready, keep working," Thornwell told the LA Times late in the season. "They told me to treat the practices like games."
Thornwell could have spent a majority of his season in the G League with the Agua Caliente Clippers, but injuries necessitated his presence in LA. His valuable development in the NBA will serve him well moving forward.
Thornwell has the ability to shoot, and he developed into a solid two-way player. Rivers often tasked him with tough defensive assignments down the stretch of the 2017-18 season, and that could very well be a role of his next year.
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