Markieff Morris in December 2012
|No. 11 – Phoenix Suns|
September 2, 1989 |
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||Prep Charter
(Pennsauken, New Jersey)
|NBA draft||2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix 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.
He enrolled at the University of Kansas where he majored in American studies. Morris and his twin brother signed with a sports agent from Los Angeles and announced that they would enter the 2011 NBA Draft. He was picked to the Fifth Team All-America by Fox Sports after his junior season.
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, making him the first Suns player since Amar'e Stoudemire to appear in the Rookie Challenge. Morris played for Team Shaq, recording 12 points and six rebounds. 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 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Due to the 2011 NBA lockout, Morris had his first Summer League stint in 2012, during which he averaged 19.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. After this stint, he amassed 13 pounds of muscle while keeping his weight of 245 pounds. After scoring a then-season high 16 points against the defending champion Miami Heat, Morris made his first start of the season on November 21, 2012. He topped his season high in points by three, and tied Marcin Gortat with 7 rebounds in a victory against the Portland Trail Blazers. Two days later, Morris recorded a then-career high 23 points to lead the Suns to a 111-108 overtime victory over the New Orleans Hornets.
On December 6, 2012, Morris pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds to go with 15 points in a 97-94 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. On February 21, 2013, Morris's brother Marcus was traded to the Phoenix Suns, reuniting them after two years of playing for separate teams. This also marked the second time the Suns had twin brothers playing on the same team, with Dick and Tom Van Arsdale being the first twins to play together during the 1976–77 season.
On November 6, 2013, Morris tied his NBA career-high in points with 23, and added 12 rebounds in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Morris' shooting average during that game was the highest for a Suns bench player since Eddie Johnson. Markieff posted a new career-high two days later, scoring 28 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in a 114-103 home victory over the Denver Nuggets. After scoring 23 points in a 101-94 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, Morris became the third player since 1989 to shoot over 75% from the field in three consecutive games with at least 12 attempts each game; Dwight Howard and Charles Barkley were the first two players to accomplish this. 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). Morris had 27 points and grab 15 rebounds in a 99-90 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, making Morris the first player since Yao Ming in 2002 to score at least 27 points and grab 15 rebounds off the bench. Because of his improvements throughout the 2013–14 NBA season as a sixth man, he ended up being a candidate for both the NBA Most Improved Player Award and the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.
On September 29, 2014, Morris signed a multi-year contract extension with the Phoenix Suns. On November 17, 2014, he recorded a career high 30 points in the 118-114 win over the Boston Celtics. During LeBron James' return from a December injury on January 13, 2015, Morris would get a new career-high 35 points off of 15/21 shooting and record 7 rebounds in a 107-100 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
NBA career statistics
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He and Marcus, alongside fellow teammates Goran and Zoran Dragić, all briefly played together for the Suns during the fourth quarter of their 112-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on January 2, 2015. It marked the first time in the NBA's history that two different pairs of brothers played together for the same team at the same time.
- University of Kansas (2011-04-08). "Player Bio Markieff Morris". Kansas Athletics. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
- J-W Staff Reports (2011-04-08). "Morris twins sign with agent, will declare for draft". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
- Goodman, Jeff (Mar 7, 2011). "Goodman's 2010–11 All-America teams". Fox Sports (Fox Sports Interactive Media). Retrieved June 21, 2011.
- "Rookie Markieff Morris Gets The All-Star Nod, Will Represent Suns In Rising Stars Game". Bright Side Of The Sun. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
- "Suns Acquire Marcus Morris | The Official Site Of The Phoenix Suns". Nba.com. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
- "Pacers' George, Suns' Markieff Morris named Players of the Week". NBA.com. November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
- Suns Sign Marcus and Markieff Morris to Extensions
- Morris, Suns pull out 118-114 win over Celtics
- "Morris Twins Get Fan-Decided Tattoos". NBA.com. September 16, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
- Green helps Suns pull away from 76ers, 112-96
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- Valley of the Suns profile
- ESPN.com profile