Phoenix Suns 2013 Player Profile: Marcus Morris

By John Raffel
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Morris is looking to be a major impact player for the Phoenix Suns this season and it wouldn’t be surprising if he emerges as one of the key players for new coach Jeff Hornacek.

Morris came to the Suns last season after playing 54 games with the Houston Rockets and was able to play with his twin brother Markieff Morris. He averaged 21.4 minutes, 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 54 games with the Rockets, and saw his numbers go down slightly in 23 outings with the Suns. He averaged 16.1 minutes, 5.7 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, and shot only 40.5 percent from the floor.

Morris expects to give the Suns depth at forward, especially after the recent announcement of the release of forward Michael Beasley, who was recently arrested on the suspicion of marijuana possession. Morris’ twin brother, Markieff, started 32 games for the Suns last NBA season.

It appears now that Marcus will be a key player off the bench for the Suns and can supply defensive power. Of course, he’s making a bid for a starting spot and might have an impact in that regard for the Suns. Hornacek has to take a long look at Morris after his strong summer performance, which included a 31-point effort against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He showed his ability to hit a clutch shot from the outside, netting a buzzer beater from inside the three-point arc to win the game as time expired.

Morris gives the team more depth at forward and is likely to help the team improve dramatically from its 25-57 record last season.

John Raffel is a writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @JohnCarlRaffel, Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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