Jan 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris (11) against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 104-103. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns Player Profile: Markieff Morris


Mar 28, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and Phoenix Suns forward Marcus Morris (15) and forward Markieff Morris (11) battle for positioning during the second quarter at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 28, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and Phoenix Suns forward Marcus Morris (15) and forward Markieff Morris (11) battle for positioning during the second quarter at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Stats:| 26.6 MPG | 13.8 PPG | 6.0 RPG | 1.8 APG | 0.6 BPG | 0.8 SPG | .486 FG%| .792 FT% |

Markieff Morris is one half of the standout Morris brothers who each had productive seasons for the Suns this year. Markieff went from 10 points per game for his career to a career high 13.8 points this season. Markieff also averaged 6 rebounds per game after having career highs of 5.1.

Season Arc

Markieff scored in double figures 59 times this season. With many of those games being 20-point performances. He had a huge start to his season and finished just as strong. Markieff had back to back to back games of 20-plus points that included playing teams like the Spurs and Nuggets. Markieff had 10 games were he recorded a double-double for the Suns. December was a huge month for Markieff; he had four games where he scored more than 20 points and nine games where he was in double figures.

Best Game

Markieff’s best game this year came against the Minnesota Timberwolves in what was a big game for the Suns. The Suns came back after trailing the majority of the game. Markieff had a huge game scoring 25 points and 8 rebounds. He shot 77 percent from the field and went 3 for 3 from behind the arc. This game was a shift in momentum for the Suns who went to win a total of six games in a row in that stretch that included the game against the Wolves.

Strengths 

Markieff was integral to the Suns success when players like Dragić and Green couldn’t get the offense going, Markieff would go off for big games. His contribution this season was the difference when in years past the Suns would not have a third guy who was able to score when the offense halted. Markieff was big for the Suns not only inside the paint but had a nice stroke from outside the paint. His propensity for big double figure games made him important during the season.

Development

In his third year Markieff made a big jump from last year. His career average was 10 points and 5.1 rebounds per game and that improved to 13.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in the 2013-2014 season. His player efficiency went up to 18.48 this season.

Weaknesses 

Markieff made big improvements from last year to this but his touches also made him more of a turnover liability from last year when he only had 104 turnovers during the season Markieff jumped up to 147 turnovers and although it is not a significant jump it did cost the Suns many games this season.

Future with the team

Markieff’s club option for 2014-15 was picked up by the Suns. If he continues to improve from last year to next year when the Suns will be adding to an already promising team the Suns look to be in contention for the playoffs next year with a few promising building blocks coming back to the team.

 

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