Al Thornton followed up his impressive four-year career at Florida State University by playing six seasons in the NBA, and was selected as the 14th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. In a rookie campaign that saw Thornton drop 38 points in a game, Thornton earned All-Rookie First Team honors for the 2008 season.
Thornton would go on to play for the Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors following his stint with the Clippers, and also played professionally in Puerto Rico, China and the Philippines.
(2007-2010) Los Angeles Clippers, (2010-2011) Washington Wizards, (2011) Golden State Warriors, (2012) Guayama Wizards, (2012) Zhejiang Lions, (2014) Guayama Wizards, (2015-2016) NLEX Road Warriors (2015-16)
Career Highlights & Awards:
- NBA All-Rookie First Team (2008)
- BSN All-Star (2012)
- BSN First Team (2012)
- BSN Import Player of the Year (2012)
- BSN scoring champion (2012)
- Third–team All-American – AP (2007)
- First–team All-ACC (2007)
Post Pro Career: Al Thornton is an active professional, having spent the 2015-16 season in the Philippine Basketball Association with the NLEX Road Warriors.
- Al Thornton was runner-up to current NBA forward Jared Dudley for ACC Player of the Year honors his senior season
- Thornton is the cousin to fellow NBA player Marcus Thornton
- In 2016, Thornton helped lead the Mighty Sports PH to the William Jones Cup championship