Former Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell has signed a rest-of-season deal to play with the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA’s Orlando Restart, the team announced today.
Thornwell was drafted by the Clippers with the 48th overall pick in the 2017 draft and played two seasons with the Clippers. In his rookie year, Thornwell played regular minutes from the third string as the Clippers finished 42-40 despite struggling with constant injuries. The team’s opening night starters at guard, Patrick Beverley and Milos Teodosic, both missed significant time, leaving open plenty of opportunities for rookie guards. Sin played 16 minutes a game in 73 games, averaging around 4 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist.
In his sophomore season, opportunities were more scarce as the Clippers stayed healthier, and he played just 5 minutes per game in 64 games. Last summer, as the Clippers revamped their roster to orchestrate the additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the team released Thornwell’s non-guaranteed contract.
During his time in L.A., Thornwell largely matched the scouting report: a remarkably strong guard who impressed defensively (even as a rookie, which is rare) and played with immense heart and hustle, he was limited by a slow release on his shot and a relatively small offensive repertoire with the ball in his hands. Sin showed flashes of being able to do a little more putting the ball on the floor, but it was never consistent during his time with the Clippers.
This year, Thornwell has been with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G-League, averaging 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in 29 minutes per game.
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