Mar 20, 2011; Tulsa, OK, USA; Kansas Jayhawks forwards Marcus Morris (22) and Markieff Morris (21) during a game against the Illinois Fighting Illini in the second half during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men

Suns Acquire Marcus Morris From Houston

The brothers unite! The Phoenix Suns are sending a future second-round draft choice to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Markieff Morris’ twin brother, Marcus Morris. Markieff was drafted 13th overall in the 2011 draft by the Suns and Marcus was taken 14th overall in the 2011 draft by the Houston Rockets.

“It’s my first trade,” Morris said. “All I kept hearing was, it’s a business. It happens. I mean, it does happen. I’m excited to see where my career can go from here.”

With the Morris twins both coming out of Kansas, there was a running joke prior to the draft that if the two brothers were separated  they wouldn’t be as good given that the Morris twins has played on the same team together throughout their entire lives before coming into the NBA.

Marcus Morris was invited to Phoenix prior to the draft for evaluation purpose but the Suns ultimately went on to draft Markieff because Markieff played a definitive position where as Marcus was torn between the small-forward and power-forward positions.

With the addition of Marcus, hopefully both Marcus and Markieff will play better now that they’re together. Both guys are posting relatively similar numbers, however Marcus is shooting the ball better from both the field and from behind the three-point line. Both guys has posted very similar PERs(Player Efficiency Rating) as well, Markieff at 12.22, and Marcus at 12.3.

“We’re trying to get better,” Lindsey Hunter said. “We’re trying to build a foundation of something that we hope will last.”

Marcus Morris is averaging 8.6 points, 4.1 rebounds on the season and is shooting 38% from beyond the arc.


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