Marcus Thornton of New Orleans May Be Good Fantasy Pickup

Fantasy KnuckleheadsCorrespondent IMarch 11, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 08:  Chris Paul #3 and Marcus Thornton #5 of the New Orleans Hornets celebrate during the game against the Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Arena on March 8, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Hornets defeated the Warriors 135-131.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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As many NBA players begin sitting down to rest for the playoffs—and others are dropping from injuries—finding a hot hand could be the difference between handing the league championship to your buddy or waiting three days for the bank to clear the check.

One player who might be a difference maker for your team is Marcus Thornton .

Thornton, the 13th pick of the second round in 2009, has quietly built a decent resume in his rookie season. He’s averaging 12.8 points per game despite only averaging 22 minutes per game—and he’s shooting .399 from downtown.

But lately, Thornton has been on fire. In his last five games, Thornton has averaged 22.2 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game, hitting 50 percent (13-of-26) of his three-point attempts.

The Hornets are playing without both Chris Paul and Peja Stojakovic , and Thornton has picked up the slack in the scoring sheet.