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Bob Thornton

For other people with a similar name, see Robert Thornton (disambiguation).
Bob Thornton
Memphis Grizzlies
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1962-07-10) July 10, 1962 (age 53)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Mission Viejo
(Mission Viejo, California)
College Saddleback College (1980–1981)
UC Irvine (1981–1984)
NBA draft 1984 / Round: 4 / Pick: 87th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro career 1984–1996
Position Power forward / Center
Number 23, 45, 23, 33, 34
Career history
As player:
1984–1985 Caja Madrid (Spain)
19851987 New York Knicks
1987–1989 Philadelphia 76ers
1990–1991 Minnesota Timberwolves
1991–1992 Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA)
1992 Tissino Assicurazione Siena (Italy)
1992 Utah Jazz
1992–1993 Fernet Branca Pavia (Italy)
1993–1994 Olitalia Siena (Italy)
1994 Teorematour Roma (Italy)
1994 Tonno Auriga Trapani (Italy)
1995–1996 Chicago Rockers (CBA)
1996 Washington Bullets
As coach:
1997–1998 Chapman University (assistant)
1998–1999 Cal State Fullerton (assistant)
1999–2000 Yakima Sun Kings (CBA; assistant)
2000–2001 Quad City Thunder (CBA)
2001–2002 Huntsville Flight (NBA D-League)
2002–2004 Chicago Bulls (assistant)
20052007 Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)
20072011 Oklahoma City Thunder (scout)
2012–present Memphis Grizzlies (assistant)
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Robert George "Bob" Thornton (born July 10, 1962) is a retired American professional basketball player whose career lasted from 1985 to 1996 and a current assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] He was a 6'10" 225 forward. He holds NBA career averages of 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 283 total games.

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) and 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,[2] and the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves.[3] 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.[1]


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

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