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Rockets Ink Guard Marcus Thornton To One-Year Deal

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Marcus Thornton is giving the Houston Rockets back court depth while joining his sixth NBA franchise on a one-year minimum contract.

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The Houston Rockets have added back court depth by signing  journeyman shooting guard Marcus Thornton to a one-year minimum contract.

Thornton saw a reduced role in Boston and Phoenix last season scoring 7.9 ppg while playing 15 minutes a contest.

The mutual attraction between the Rockets and Thornton likely stems from this stat: Thornton averages 4.4 attempted three point shots per game on his career.

Thornton's best season came with the Sacramento Kings in 2011-2012. The streaky guard averaged 18.7 ppg in 34.9 mpg. He attempted an impressive 6.1 threes a game while shooting .345% from beyond the arc.

Ask Josh Smith, there's no such thing as a bad three point attempt in Houston.

Thornton wont do much to solve the Rockets bench problems at point guard but does bolster the attempt to fill in the minutes James Harden isn't on the court. Thornton's signing puts to rest clamoring for rookie Sam Dekker to take backup shooting guard minutes from the get-go.