There’s not been much to be excited about with the Phoenix Suns in the 2012-2013 NBA season. They’re tied for the third worst record in the league and have a poorly assembled roster that doesn’t exactly work well together. It’s been rough for the entire team and their fans, and they’ve been looking for some shred of hope to hold onto. In this last month of the regular season, Markieff Morris has given Suns fans at least some cause for optimism.
Morris has been relatively unimpressive and unimpressive for most of this season with the Suns. He’s averaged 22.4 minutes per game of time on the floor and hasn’t done much with those minutes. On the year Morris has averaged only 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while shooting just 40.6 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from long range.
Nothing about what Morris has done for the entire year has turned heads. However, over six games that he’s played in April, he’s definitely played like he deserves some attention from Phoenix. In an attempt to give younger players some more minutes, Morris has seen the floor more and has answered the call.
Averaging 29.8 minutes per game over his last six contests, Morris has averaged 11.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, one steal and one block per game. He’s also been shooting the ball with solid efficiency at 46.3 percent from the field and 68.8 percent from three. That’s obviously a small sample size, but it’s still been a noteworthy performance.
Morris is in just his second NBA season and is only 23 years old, meaning he has development left to do. He’s had his issues in April, turning the ball over 2.5 times per game for example, but he’s shown that he has definite potential. In a season that has been quite unremarkable for Phoenix, the possibility of Morris developing into an above average player has to be something for fans to hang their hat on.