Evaluating Each Suns Frontcourt Player After 21 Games

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Marcus Morris

Nov 24, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Phoenix Suns power forward Marcus Morris (15) dribbles the ball against the Orlando Magic during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Stats: 23 MPG, 11 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1 APG, .469 FG#, .435 3p%

Marcus Morris was a deadline deal the Suns made with the Houston Rockets last season. His half a season with Suns was pretty ugly, and like his brother, faith in his ability as an NBA player began to slip away. Marcus has done an excellent job silencing the critics. He’s hitting the third most three pointers on the team, and he’s rebounding far better than he ever did before.

Role players like Marcus deserve a lot of credit for the Suns’ successes. While players like Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe are the stars, players like Marcus have become key to the Suns’ offensive strategy . When one of the two point guards is driving, they can easily dish it outside to someone they can trust to hit perimeter shots. Someone like Marcus Morris.

Morris won’t likely be starting anytime soon. His role as a an in-between forward makes his task on defense difficult. He’s too small to guard players at the 4, but not quick enough to guard them at the 3. Still, he has made great strides and has shown that Phoenix made a good choice bringing him into their ranks.

Grade: A-