Suns Summer League Player Grades: Marcus Morris

Jul 22, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Marcus Morris (left) and Golden State Warriors forward Lance Goulbourne watch as a free throw attempt goes toward the basket during the NBA Summer League Championship game at the Thomas and Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Morris had a pretty good summer league. In Houston last season, he only started 17 of the 54 games he played in for the Rockets before being reunited with his twin Markieff in Phoenix via trade.

It had been said that the twins would play better together than separate, especially Markieff. There was no evidence of that in the 23 games Marcus played with the Suns last season. However, it’s a whole new ballgame now.

Both he and Markieff have slimmed down a bit, and both have gotten better. We’ll save Markieff for his own article, because you don’t want to group the Morrii together too much. Marcus has distinguished himself this summer league and deserves the spotlight.

His jumpshot was laser-focused as seen by 14.3 points per game to lead the team, on an efficient 47% shooting and hitting the same percentage from behind the arc, which is just crazy hard to do.

Marcus also hit a surprising amount of buzzer-beaters. He hit quarter and half buzzers, but all topped off by the game-winning buzzer beater against Minnesota. It didn’t matter. When the clock was running down Marcus was clutch.

Marcus already has a spot in Phoenix’s rotation, but probably won’t start for a while, at least while Caron Butler is in the desert. He still has to battle against Michael Beasley too. However, Marcus Morris displayed his talent during summer league. The shot, both mid-range and from three-point land, as well as the ability to finish in traffic down in the paint all are facets of his game. His efficiency has improved, and if it gets even better he could see a possible starting spot in his future, either in Phoenix or elsewhere.

Grade: A+

Explanation: What needs to be said? He was the leading scorer on a 6-1 team who made the summer league finals, was consistent and had a game-winning buzzer-beater. The only thing that could have made it better was playing exceptionally well in the finale, winning the championship title and the summer league MVP trophy.

Topics: Basketball, Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris, NBA, Phoenix Suns, Sports, Suns, Vegas Summer League

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