Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
Birthday: Sept. 2, 1989
Experience: 2 years
Draft: 2011, 13th overall by Phoenix
2013-14 Salary: $2,091,840
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Season Outlook: It’s time for Markieff Morris to be the player the Suns believed he could be when they selected him 13th overall two years ago. With Marcin Gortat gone to D.C., Emeka Okafor still dealing with injury and Channing Frye still working his way into shape after a year-long absence, Markieff is the senior member of the Suns’ front court. Markieff has shown flashes of being a very talented and tough player. He has dominated in the last two Summer Leagues, but failed to translate those performances to the regular season.
This year it’s possible that the team’s reliance on him will cause him to blossom. The Suns recently picked up Morris’ rookie option, and that trust could pay dividends in his performance in 2013-14. Offensively, his shot selection and efficiency must improve. He’ll be operating both in the paint and on the perimeter. Taking good shots in the flow of the offense will be key. He can score from outside and with his back to the basket, but it’s deciding when to attack and when to keep the ball moving that he’s struggled with in the past. Defensively, Kieff has quickness and good shot blocking instincts, but his shortcomings have been in positioning and rotating within the team’s defensive system. He will have to be more focused in order to succeed on that end of the floor.
The last thing to note for this season is the chemistry between the Morris twins. The Suns acquired Marcus to enhance both brothers’ play. That hasn’t happened outside of the Vegas Summer League. They are both in a de facto contract year and will have to play better than they ever have in order to solidify their NBA futures. – Ryan Weisert
Biography: Though Markieff Morris is seven minutes older and stands a little taller, his twin brother Marcus has always cast a shadow over him. When the Phoenix Suns took Markieff with the 13th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, one pick before the Rockets selected Marcus, they gave him the opportunity the stand apart from his brother and show his worth as a basketball player.
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