Markieff Morris Providing Value to Surprisingly Hot Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns are one of the hotter teams in the NBA to start the 2013-14 season and that’s not just a terrible punt because the sun is hot or whatever. Projected to be one of the worst teams in the league this year and in the running for the number one overall pick in the 2014 draft, the Suns have started this season at 4-2 and have looked like a quality team.
Eric Bledsoe has been the obvious catalyst to what the Suns have been doing to start the year. From the point guard position, Bledsoe has been providing energy, scoring, facilitating, rebounding and defense for Phoenix this season, looking like the “mini-LeBron” that his former teammates think that he is.
However, one part of the Suns’ success that has been going largely overlooked is the play of third-year forward Markieff Morris, who has been incredibly productive for Phoenix to start the year.
In his first two seasons in Phoenix, Morris struggled across the board. He was inefficient offensively, less productive than expected on the glass, and poor on the defensive end. However, alongside Bledsoe in his third season and while seeing an increase in his playing time, Morris has improved in almost all of those areas.
Through five games the twin is averaging 16 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals in only 27.8 minutes per game off of the bench. More importantly, he’s shooting 60 percent from the field for the year and has hit on 40 percent of his scarce three-point attempts. I’m not sure what’s gotten into Morris this season, but if he and Bledsoe can keep it up, the Suns are going to be much better than expected.
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