Marcus Morris Must Prove Himself To Phoenix Suns

By John Raffel
Stephen R. Sylvanie – USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Morris had a terrific NBA Summer League season for the Phoenix Suns. Now let’s see if that adds up to a strong regular season.

Morris scored 17 points and had six rebounds for the Suns in Monday’s league championship game, which the Suns lost to the Golden State Warriors, 91-77. But the summer league is obviously a chance for players to find themselves, get refreshed for a new season and try to show their coaches that they’re ready to see plenty of playing time during the regular season.

Morris seemed to strike it rich on all three counts.

The Suns are a team in transition with a 25-57 record from last season, a new general manager, a new head coach and several new players. Morris is coming back with the team but needs to prove himself, just like everyone else.

Morris didn’t put up the numbers he desired late last season after coming to the Suns via the Houston Rockets in a trade. He plans on getting his chance this season, Morris came to the Suns after playing 54 games for the Rockets, averaging 21.4 minutes, 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and shooting 42.7 percent from the floor, 38.1 percent in threes and 65.3 percent in free throws.

But being united with his twin brother Markieff Morris didn’t immediately set the world on fire for Marcus, who, in 23 games with the Suns, averaged 16.1 minutes, 5.7 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. His shooting percentages were all down.

All his numbers need to be up this season if he wants to help revitalize the Suns. It will be up to him alone to get the job done.

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