Bob Thornton

Robert George Thornton (born July 10, 1962) is a retired American professional basketball player whose career lasted from 1985 to 1996 and a coach, He was a 6'10" 225 forward. He holds NBA career averages of 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 283 total games.

Bob Thornton
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Personal information
Born (1962-07-10) July 10, 1962 (age 58)
Los Angeles, California
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolMission Viejo
(Mission Viejo, California)
NBA draft1984 / Round: 4 / Pick: 87th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1984–1996
PositionPower forward / Center
Number23, 45, 23, 33, 34
Career history
As player:
1984–1985Caja Madrid
19851987New York Knicks
19871989Philadelphia 76ers
1990–1991Minnesota Timberwolves
1991–1992Sioux Falls Skyforce
1992Tissino Assicurazione Siena
1992Utah Jazz
1992–1993Fernet Branca Pavia
1993–1994Olitalia Siena
1994Teorematour Roma
1994Tonno Auriga Trapani
1995–1996Chicago Rockers
1996Washington Bullets
As coach:
1997–1998Chapman (assistant)
1998–1999Cal State Fullerton (assistant)
1999–2000Yakima Sun Kings (assistant)
2000–2001Quad City Thunder
2001–2002Huntsville Flight
2002–2004Chicago Bulls (assistant)
20052007Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)
20072012Oklahoma City Thunder (scout)
20112016Memphis Grizzlies (assistant)
20162019Sacramento Kings (assistant)
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Thornton played college basketball at University of California, Irvine and Saddleback Community College, and was selected by the New York Knicks with the 87th pick of the 1984 NBA draft.

Thornton, an eight-year NBA veteran, played for five NBA teams (New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards). He also played three seasons in the Italian A-1 league with Rome, Siena and Pavia.

He later held coaching positions with the CBA's Yakima Sun Kings and Quad City Thunder, the NBDL's Huntsville Flight,[1] and the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves.[2] From 2007 to 2011, he worked as an advance scout for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was hired as an assistant coach by the Memphis Grizzlies on December 5, 2011.[3]


  1. ^ NBDL Tabs Thornton as Huntsville Coach, posted May 10, 2001
  2. ^ On the Road with Brent and Bob, by David Brauer – February 8, 2007
  3. ^ "Coaching staff complete". Memphis Grizzlies. 5 December 2011.

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