On Wednesday evening, with less than 24 hours before the NBA Trade Deadline on Thursday at 3 p.m., the Phoenix Suns traded a second-round draft pick to the Houston Rockets for forward Marcus Morris. Marcus will join his twin brother Markieff Morris in Phoenix as a result of the trade.
In their young careers, neither of the Morris twins have made much of an impact in the league while playing apart from one another. Marcus has averaged just 7.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in 18 minutes per game in his year and a half in the league while Markieff has averaged only 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in just 19.9 minutes per game.
However, the brothers played together in college for three years for the Kansas Jayhawks. In their junior year, they both played exceptionally well together. That year, Marcus averaged 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while Markieff averaged 13.6 points and 8.3 boards per game.
That’s the thing about the Morris brothers: they are both decent complimentary players, but they work well together because they’ve played with one another for most of their lives. They know each other’s strengths, tendencies and how to play off one another.
Now, the Suns are going to benefit from reuniting the two brothers. They may not be able to put up the same numbers they did in college, but they will be able to produce more proficiently than they have in their first year and a half in the league. For a Suns team that’s rebuilding, this is a smart move on their part.