Markieff Morris

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Markieff Morris
Markieff Morris.jpg
Markieff Morris in December 2012
No. 11 – Phoenix Suns
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1989-09-02) September 2, 1989 (age 24)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High schoolPrep Charter
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
APEX Academy
(Pennsauken, New Jersey)
CollegeKansas (20082011)
NBA draft2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro playing career2011–present
Career history
2011–presentPhoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Markieff Morris
Markieff Morris.jpg
Markieff Morris in December 2012
No. 11 – Phoenix Suns
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1989-09-02) September 2, 1989 (age 24)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High schoolPrep Charter
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
APEX Academy
(Pennsauken, New Jersey)
CollegeKansas (20082011)
NBA draft2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro playing career2011–present
Career history
2011–presentPhoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Markieff Morris (born September 2, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball at the University of Kansas.

Early years[edit]

Morris was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Thomasine "Angel" Morris. He has four brothers, Donte, Blake, David and twin Marcus, who also plays for the Phoenix Suns .[1]

College career[edit]

He enrolled at the University of Kansas where he majored in American studies.[1] Morris and his twin brother signed with a sports agent from Los Angeles and announced that they would enter the 2011 NBA Draft.[2] He was picked to the Fifth Team All-America by Fox Sports after his junior season.[3]

College statistics[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2008–09Jayhawks35715.6.448.188.6504.41.00.40.74.6
2009–10Jayhawks36217.6.566.526.6225.31.10.41.06.8
2010–11Jayhawks383524.4.589.424.6738.31.40.81.113.6

Professional career[edit]

Morris was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 13th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. His twin brother, Marcus Morris was drafted by the Houston Rockets five minutes later. On January 8, 2012, Markieff gained his first professional double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in a blowout 109-93 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. On January 18, Markieff had his first professional start in the NBA against the New York Knicks. However, due to a stomach virus, Markieff only played for 5 minutes, scoring 3 points and grabbing 2 steals before Channing Frye took over the power forward position in a 91-88 Phoenix win. On February 8, 2012, Markieff was named to the 2012 Rising Stars challenge. This would be the first time since Amar'e Stoudemire that a Suns player would be represented in a Rookie Challenge.[4] Despite hoping that he would play for Team Chuck, Morris ended up being selected for Team Shaq, recording 12 points and six rebounds in the game during the 2012 All-Star weekend. On March 25, 2012, Morris recorded a then-career high 22 points to tie Marcin Gortat as the game's leading scorer in a 108-83 blowout victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Due to the 2011 NBA lockout, Morris had his first Summer League stint in 2012. In that Summer League stint, he averaged 19.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, which led to him being the best player in the Suns' Summer League team. After this stint, he amassed 13 pounds of muscle while keeping his current weight of 245 pounds. After scoring a then-season high 16 points against the defending NBA Finals champion Miami Heat, Morris ended up getting his first starting stint since the end of the 2011-12 NBA season on November 21, 2012. He surpassed his season high in points by three, and tied Marcin Gortat with 7 rebounds in a blowout victory against the Portland Trail Blazers. Two days later, Morris recorded a career-high 23 points to lead the Suns to a close 111-108 overtime victory over the New Orleans Hornets.

On December 6, 2012, Morris would end up getting a career-high 17 rebounds to go with 15 points in a close 97-94 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. On February 21, 2013, Morris's brother Marcus was traded to the Phoenix Suns, reuniting them just two years after being drafted by separate teams.[5] This also marked the second time the Suns had two twin brothers playing for the same team, with Dick and Tom Van Arsdale being the first twins to do so.

On November 6, 2013, Morris tied his career high in points scored in the NBA with 23 points and 12 rebounds in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The shooting average that Morris produced during that game was the highest a Suns player had ever come off of the bench since Eddie Johnson. Markieff would exceed his career high two days later by scoring 28 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in a 114-103 win over the Denver Nuggets at home. After getting 23 points in a 101-94 home victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, Morris would end up being the third player since 1989 to shoot over 75% of his shots in three consecutive games in a row while putting up at least 12 shots in each game, with Dwight Howard and Charles Barkley being the first two players to accomplish such a feat. As a result of his increased production, Morris was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the November 4 to November 11, 2013 period after averaging 22.8 points, 8.0 assists, 2.0 steals and leading the league for field goal percentage (.698).[6]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2011–12Phoenix63719.5.399.347.7174.41.0.7.77.4
2012–13Phoenix823222.4.407.336.7324.81.3.9.88.2
Career1453921.1.404.341.7254.71.2.8.77.8

Personal[edit]

Morris's twin brother Marcus Morris was selected 14th overall by the Houston Rockets in the 2011 NBA Draft. Markieff is seven minutes older than Marcus. His nickname is "Keef".[7]

The Morris brothers became NBA teammates on February 21, 2013, when Marcus was traded to Phoenix.[5] Markieff and Marcus Morris would be the second pair of twin brothers to play together on the Phoenix Suns, with the first pair of twins being Dick and Tom Van Arsdale during the 1976-77 NBA season. They became the first set of twin brothers to start for the same team on March 10, 2013, against the Houston Rockets.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b University of Kansas (2011-04-08). "Player Bio Markieff Morris". Kansas Athletics. Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ J-W Staff Reports (2011-04-08). "Morris twins sign with agent, will declare for draft". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ Goodman, Jeff (Mar 7, 2011). "Goodman's 2010–11 All-America teams". Fox Sports (Fox Sports Interactive Media). Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rookie Markieff Morris Gets The All-Star Nod, Will Represent Suns In Rising Stars Game". Bright Side Of The Sun. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  5. ^ a b "Suns Acquire Marcus Morris | The Official Site Of The Phoenix Suns". Nba.com. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  6. ^ "Pacers' George, Suns' Markieff Morris named Players of the Week". NBA.com. November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ Bedore, Gary (2010-12-29). "Men's basketball notebook: Marcus’ nickname? ‘Mook’". KUsports.com. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  8. ^ "Twitter". Mobile.twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 

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