Played college ball at Kilgore Junior College and Louisiana State from 2005 to 2009.
Selected by the Miami Heat as 43rd overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. Draft rights traded to the New Orleans Hornets. Signed with the team in July.
Traded to the Sacramento Kings in February 2011.
Traded to the Brooklyn Nets in February 2014.
Traded to the Boston Celtics in July 2014.
Traded to the Phoenix Suns in February 2015.
Named to the All-American JuCo 1st Team in 2009.
Named to the All-SEC 2nd Team in 2008.
Named SEC Player of the Year in 2009. Named to the All-Conference 1st Team.
Honorable Mention All-America by AP in 2009.
Voted to the HoopsHype.com All-Rookie 2nd Team in 2009-10.
Named to the NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team in 2009-10.
Cousin of former NBA player Al Thornton.