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From 1 to 35,535: Don't call me Billy Bob

It's gotta stink when you have a relatively uncommon name (first and last) and then someone with that same name becomes a notorious serial killer... or a US President... or a movie star/drummer who marries a famous actress. That last example has been lived through by the next player on our list of Wolves by minutes played. Only his name is not exactly the same as the celebrity's, which makes it even more annoying, I'm sure.

Who? You may have guessed it - Bob Thornton. I imagine his life the last 15 years has been an endlessly stream of people saying "as in Billy Bob?" For his sake, I hope I'm wrong.

On the other hand, my entire profile so far has been about his name being similar to Billy Bob Thornton's; mea culpa. But if I were him I might start going by Robert Thornton.

So let's look at Bob Thornton, basketball player. He was a journeyman power forward, playing for five teams during an eight year NBA career. Suited up in Spain, Italy and the CBA. He averaged 3 points and 2.5 rebounds a game as a pro.

In 1984, he was a 4th round pick by the Knicks. All I can say is I'm glad the NBA restricts the draft to two rounds nowadays. There's enough to bicker about already - can you imagine the endless Hoopus threads about what Kahn should do with the fourth round pick every year?

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Bob Thornton's Timberwolf career lasted a grand total of 110 minutes. He was the only player on the second Wolves team (1990-91) to finish with a negative PER. In fact, coach Bill Musselman's squad finished 29-53, which ain't bad for an expansion franchise's sophomore season.

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Actually, that's not Thornton's complete T-Wolves career. He returned in 2005 for a couple of years as an assistant coach. Currently he holds the same position for the Memphis Grizzlies.

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