Markieff Morris

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Markieff Morris
Markieff Morris.jpg
Morris in 2012
No. 11 – Phoenix Suns
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1989-09-02) September 2, 1989 (age 26)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Prep Charter
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
APEX Academy
(Pennsauken, New Jersey)
College Kansas (20082011)
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro career 2011–present
Career history
2011–present Phoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2011)
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 before being drafted 13th overall in the 2011 NBA draft by the Suns.

Early years[edit]

Morris was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Thomasine "Angel" Morris. He has four brothers, Donte, Blake, David and twin Marcus, who plays for the Detroit Pistons.[1] Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Morris was listed as the No. 17 power forward and the No. 49 player in the nation in 2008.[2]

College career[edit]

Morris enrolled at the University of Kansas, where he majored in American studies.[1] Both he and his brother, Marcus, signed with a sports agent from Los Angeles and announced that they would enter the 2011 NBA draft.[3] He was picked to the Fifth Team All-America by Fox Sports after his junior season.[4]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Kansas 35 7 15.6 .448 .188 .650 4.4 1.0 0.4 0.7 4.6
2009–10 Kansas 36 2 17.6 .566 .526 .622 5.3 1.1 0.4 1.0 6.8
2010–11 Kansas 38 35 24.4 .589 .424 .673 8.3 1.4 0.8 1.1 13.6

Professional career[edit]

Phoenix Suns (2011–present)[edit]

2011–12 season[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, making him the first Suns player since Amar'e Stoudemire to appear in the Rookie Challenge.[5] 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.

2012–13 season[edit]

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' brother Marcus was traded to the Phoenix Suns, reuniting them after two years of playing for separate teams.[6] 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.

2013–14 season[edit]

On November 6, 2013, Morris tied his career-high 23 points and added 12 rebounds in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs. He went on to post 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.[7] 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).[8] 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.[9] 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.

2014–15 season[edit]

On September 29, 2014, Morris signed a multi-year contract extension with the Phoenix Suns.[10] On November 17, 2014, he recorded a then career-high 30 points in the 118-114 win over the Boston Celtics.[11] On January 13, 2015, he scored a career-high 35 points on 15-of-21 shooting in a 107-100 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.[12] In a game against the Dallas Mavericks on March 22, the Morris twins both had double-doubles in the same game for the first time in their careers.[13]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games 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]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Phoenix 63 7 19.5 .399 .347 .717 4.4 1.0 .7 .7 7.4
2012–13 Phoenix 82 32 22.4 .407 .336 .732 4.8 1.3 .9 .8 8.2
2013–14 Phoenix 81 0 26.6 .486 .315 .792 6.0 1.8 .8 .6 13.8
2014–15 Phoenix 82 82 31.5 .465 .318 .763 6.2 2.3 1.2 .5 15.3
Career 308 121 25.3 .449 .328 .764 5.4 1.7 .9 .6 11.4

Personal life[edit]

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

He and Marcus, alongside 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.[15]

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