Last night, the Los Angeles Clippers announced that they had signed second year point guard Darius Morris to a 10-day contract. Morris was drafted 41st overall in the 2011 draft after playing two years at Michigan and has spent the last few years bouncing around between various NBA and Development League teams. His last NBA stint took place earlier this season for the Philadelphia 76ers, during which he averaged 6.9 points and 2.5 assists per game.
Doc Rivers and the Clips are looking to add more depth to the point guard position, as veteran point guard Chris Paul will be out upwards of six weeks. Darren Collison has done a good job starting for the Clippers, but he is the only true point guard on the team. Morris will be able to provide some depth, but will probably be little else but a placeholder while Collison takes his rest on the bench. Standing at 6-foot-4, Morris has decent size for a point guard and does a good job of using it to his advantage in the right situations. He is not incredibly quick or fast, but he is quite crafty. Morris’ ability to adroitly weave in and out of traffic and find the open shot or teammate is probably his greatest strength. He held the all-time single-season assist record at Michigan until he was eclipsed by now Utah Jazz rookie Trey Burke. The point guard is not much of a shooter, though, shooting 40 percent from the field throughout his career.
Look, Morris is probably not going to come in and wow anybody and may not even be on the Clippers in a matter of a week. However, this low-risk gamble may prove to be enough to keep the Clips’ heads above water while their star point guard is out.