Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
Birthday: Sept. 2, 1989
Experience: 1 year
Draft: 2011, 13th overall by Phoenix
2012-13 Salary: $2,005,560
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Season Outlook: After a solid rookie campaign, Markieff Morris will look to assert himself as a legitimate NBA power forward this year. Last season Morris played with a great deal of confidence, especially for a rookie, and that confidence has only grown after dominating the 2012 Vegas Summer League. If Morris can parlay his momentum into production this season, he will be a force in Phoenix’s frontcourt. Markieff will undoubtedly battle for minutes at the power forward position with current starter Luis Scola.
One advantage Morris has in this battle is his flexibility. He is physically tough enough to bang the boards and score inside, but he can also stretch the defense with his outside shooting. This diverse skill set will allow coach Gentry to deploy him alongside Marcin Gortat or Luis Scola at the center spot. One
thing Markieff will need to improve upon in order to raise his minutes is his defense. Last season, Morris, like most rookies, was prone to defensive lapses. To be a more effective defender, he will need more focus and effort. If his summer and training camp are any indication, he’s got both of those qualities in spades. – 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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