In his third season, Morant is emerging as a truly exceptional point guard. He leads the Memphis Grizzlies with 25.9 points per game on 49.3 percent shooting from the field and 38.2 percent on threes, as well as 7.3 assists, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.6 steals. The young star’s vastly improved scoring abilities and already-elite playmaking have piqued the interest of the league’s top players.
Kevin Durant praised Morant’s game on the NBA’s HooperVision broadcast with Jamal Crawford and Quentin Richardson, comparing him to several All-Star point guards.However, praise makes perfect sense. Morant’s combination of brilliant playmaking, deft ball-handling, and explosive, above-the-rim athleticism is rare in a player, especially one so young.
Since entering the league, he’s had “future star” written all over him, and this season has been his best to date.
However, the Grizzlies as a whole aren’t as exciting as Morant. With a 7-7 record and a dreadful defence, they are ranked ninth in the Western Conference. Desmond Bane, a second-year wing, has stepped up, and Dillon Brooks has returned from injury, so the Grizzlies still have time to develop and improve on last year’s playoff appearance via the play-in.
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