Entries from June 2011

Markieff Morris receives NBA introduction at Phoenix Suns mini-camp

June 30th, 2011 · 20 Comments

PHOENIX — With the lockout expected to wipe out all communication between players and coaches for quite some time starting Friday, the Suns took advantage of the hours remaining before July 1 by staging a two-day mini-camp for Markieff Morris and various undrafted rookies and journeymen. Although head coach Alvin Gentry said it was good […]

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What advanced stats say about Markieff Morris

June 29th, 2011 · 3 Comments

When combing through some of the advanced metrics in advance of the draft, I was surprised to see Markieff Morris grade out as a steal when using Wins Produced-related metrics but a bust on John Hollinger’s Draft Rater. Perhaps that underscores how difficult it is to project prospects, but still to see such a stark […]

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Steve Nash’s fourth annual Showdown in Chinatown: Inside the cage at the tallest soccer game of the year

June 27th, 2011 · 6 Comments

NEW YORK — This past Wednesday was a day that I had marked on my calendar for weeks.  I’ve played soccer my entire life all the way through college and I’ve been on the Suns’ bandwagon since I was 8 (purple room and all).  The Steve Nash Showdown in Chinatown was a perfect marriage between […]

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Markieff Morris draft grades around the web

June 26th, 2011 · 7 Comments

The grades are in, and seven national draft pundits share a pretty united view of the Phoenix Suns’ 2011 draft featuring Markieff Morris:

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Markieff Morris introduced, should figure into rotation

June 25th, 2011 · 3 Comments

PHOENIX — Friday’s introductory press conference was nothing more than a glorified photo op for Markieff Morris to reiterate many of the same things he did on Thursday’s conference call in front of his beaming mother and a cousin who will live with him in Phoenix. Markieff could not even decide on a number in […]

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Grading the Markieff Morris pick

June 24th, 2011 · 37 Comments

There’s no question the Phoenix Suns addressed some serious needs by drafting 6-foot-10 bruiser Markieff Morris with the 13th overall pick in Thursday’s draft. The former Jayhawk brings toughness on the interior in the form of strong defensive rebounding, solid post and help defense along with a scrappiness Phoenix is missing. Morris moves the Suns […]

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Tags: Draft · Markieff Morris · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis