Markieff Morris (Power Forward)
MIN: 22.4|FG%: 40.7|3P%: 33.6|FT%: 73.2|REB: 4.8|AST: 1.3|BLK: 0.8|STL: 0.9|PTS: 8.2
Markieff Morris began the year unimpressive. It seemed like he was the same player he was in 2011-2012, a face-up four with good touch on his jumper, decent rebounder but nonetheless inefficient offensively and mediocre defensively. If there’s anything one should take away from Morris’ two seasons in the NBA is that his 40% shooting from the field is just about the only thing holding him back.
Markieff’s numbers improved marginally this season compared to last season, but that had more to do with the slight minute increase than anything else. The most encouraging sign for Suns fans right now is Markieff’s performance in the second-half of the season. In 26 games after the all-star break Markieff is averaging 9.8 points, 5.9 rebounds on 42% shooting from the field and 45% shooting from beyond the arc.
By spending more time in the weight room, and hopefully a summer with Hakeem Olajuwon, it wouldn’t be insane for one to expect Markieff to have a breakout season next year.
Morris came into his sophomore year needing to improve and he did, but not quite as much as expected and definitely not as much as needed. He liked when his twin brother Marcus was brought over in a trade with Houston mid-season, and had a really good game in the penultimate game of the season, coincidentally against the Rockets.
In the rebuilding process it wouldn’t surprise me if Markieff starts next year, because they need to get rid of any older players, such as Scola, to truly be in rebuilding mode. However, the lack of enough improvement has tempered my expectations for the rest of his career. He needs to work on post footwork, making his three-pointer more efficient, and most of all increasing his rebounding production.