Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris had played together their entire lives before they entered the 2011 NBA Draft. After that, Marcus went to the Houston Rockets and Markieff went to the Phoenix Suns. However, after a year and a half of playing apart from one another, they’ve been reunited in Phoenix.
After just five games of playing together once again, it’s apparent that the Morris Twins function best on the basketball court as a unit.
In Marcus’ 54 games with Houston, he averaged just 14.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per 36 minutes on just 42.8 percent shooting. In the 55 games Markieff played in Phoenix before his brother’s arrival, he averaged only 12.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per 36 minutes on atrocious 39.4 percent shooting.
However, since Marcus has arrived in Phoenix, it’s been a completely different story. In the five games that they’ve played together, Marcus is averaging 18.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and even 3.5 steals per 36 minutes, and has shot the ball with 48.1 percent efficiency.
Markieff has improved also, averaging 15.3 points and 6.9 rebound per 36 minutes on 46.8 percent shooting. They’ve found their games again with being on the floor with one another.
The Morris twins might not be superstars, and they probably aren’t the missing pieces that are going to fix the debacle that has been created in Phoenix. However, one thing that is clear is that they can be effective basketball players when they are playing together, even if that does seem a little high-maintenance. If the Suns want two effective role players, they should look to keep the Morris twins around and together.