Marcus Morris
Marcus Morris
31-Year-Old ForwardF
Los Angeles Clippers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
He might not have received a lot of headlines, but Morris was a key part of the Celtics' rotation last season. Although he didn't provide many defensive stats, he averaged 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.9 three-pointers across 28 minutes a game. He was excellent from the charity stripe, converting 84.4 percent of his attempts. With the Celtics choosing to move on, Morris now finds himself as a member of the Knicks. This isn't exactly an ideal situation with the likes of Kevin Knox, Wayne Ellington, Julius Randle, Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson all competing with him for playing time at the two forward spots. The Knicks also had one of the most inconsistent rotations in the league last year, so Morris' playing time could fluctuate dramatically. Barring injuries to some of his teammates, it's difficult to envision a path for Morris carving out significant fantasy value. If anything, this might be the season to only consider selecting him in deeper leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $15 million contract with the Knicks in July of 2019. Traded to the Clippers in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

Marcus Morris was born in Philadelphia in 1989, seven minutes after his twin brother Markieff. The two are so identical that they once switched classes for a full day in the third grade. They followed identical basketball paths, both playing at Preparatory Charter High School in Philadelphia, where they led the Prep Charter High School Eagles to back-to-back State titles in 2006 and 2007. Being young for their grade, they then attended APEX Academy in Pennsauken, New Jersey, where Marcus averaged 24.8 ppg, before committing to play collegiate basketball at the University of Kansas with his brother. As pros, the brothers helped create their Family Over Everything Foundation, which "supports children and families, with a particular focus on single-parent households, by providing high quality programs, services and initiatives that help ease the strains and burdens often felt by single parents, families in underserved communities, and at-risk members of society." More information can be found on its website, www.foefoundation.org. You can follow Marcus Morris on Twitter @MookMorris2 and on Instagram @Foestar13.

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Marcus Morris played for Kansas with his twin brother Markieff for three seasons from 2008 to 2011. Marcus was the more offensive oriented of the twins, but he was a spot starter as a freshman. He provided 7.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 18.5 minutes his first year in Kansas. The Jayhawks advanced to the Sweet 16 and Morris started all three NCAA Tournament games. Morris started 33 games a sophomore and put up 12.8 points and 6.1 rebounds. He also connected on 37.5 percent of his 3-pointers. Morris scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the first round win over Lehigh in the NCAA Tournament, but his 16 points were not enough to slow Northern Iowa in the second round. As a junior, Morris was named Big 12 Player of the Year for averaging 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds. He had 10 double-doubles, including a pair of three-game streaks. The forward exploded for 33 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Iowa State. He had two double-doubles in the NCAA Tournament and helped Kansas to the Elite Eight. At the end of the season, Morris was named to the 2010-11 AP All-America Second Team. After his junior season, Morris declared for the 2011 draft.

Productive in Game 1 blowout
FLos Angeles Clippers
September 4, 2020
Morris tallied 18 points (7-10 FG, 4-5 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes during Thursday's 120-97 Game 1 victory over Denver.
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Morris hit the ground running, connecting on the bulk of his shot attempts as the Clippers blew the game out during a dominant second quarter. To be fair, the defense was nothing to write home about and Morris certainly cashed in on a tired-looking Nuggets squad. This is about as good as it gets for Morris, who is unlikely to repeat this kind of performance all too often.
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2018

Across nearly every statistical category, Morris improved from his previous season with the Celtics, including points (13.9), rebounds (6.1), assists (1.5), field-goal percentage (44.7), minutes (27.9), three-point percentage (37.5), and free-throw percentage (84.4). Morris' free-throw percentage hit a career-high in 2018-19 while staying on par with attempts compared to past seasons. Morris had a strong stretch from Nov. 26 to Dec. 14 in which he averaged 18.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 52.9 percent from the floor, 46.0 percent from three, and 95.0 percent from the free-throw line. He had his best game of the season during a win against New Orleans, posting 31 points, four assists, and four rebounds while shooting 10-of-15 from the floor. His performances during this stretch were a huge reason why Boston went on an eight-game win streak. Morris and the Celtics entered the playoffs with a 49-33 record. They faced the Pacers in the first round, sweeping the fifth seed. In that time, Morris averaged 12.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. In the next round, the Celtics played the Bucks. Though the Celtics eventually lost the series, Morris was integral to the team's first win. Morris was able to play tough defense, blocking Milwaukee three times and grabbing seven rebounds.

2017

In July, 2017, the Pistons traded Marcus Morris to Boston for Avery Bradley and a 2019 2nd round draft pick. The new acquisition immediately established himself as a big part of Boston's rotation. Having quickly earned the trust of head coach Brad Stevens, Morris averaged 26.8 minutes per game over the course of 54 appearances. He also made 21 starts. The rugged forward was forced to miss nine of Boston's first 11 games due to left knee soreness. That same knee issue forced him to miss another 11 games in December. But Morris still averaged double figures in scoring (13.6) for a fourth straight season. He had nine games with 20 or more points and a pair of contests in which he finished with 30 or more. His best performance of the year was a massive 31-point, nine rebound effort in a tight one-point loss to the Wizards on Mar. 14. The University of Kansas product chipped in a career-high 5.4 rebounds per game for good measure. Morris's per 36-minute numbers - 18.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals - were excellent. Morris was also one of Boston's best players in the postseason. Playing in all 19 games, the former No. 14 overall selection (2011) posted double figures in scoring in all but four contests and logged a pair of double-doubles including a 14-point, 12-rebound performance in Boston's Game 7 loss to Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals.

2016

Marcus Morris returned to Detroit in the 2016-17 season for another year of steady minutes as a key cog in the Pistons' starting rotation. Coach Stan Van Gundy once again had Morris start every game in which the big man appeared. The durable forward played in 79 games, the fifth season in a row in which Morris played in 77 or more contests. On Feb. 3, Morris scored a career-high 36 points in a win over the Timberwolves. On Feb. 28, Morris established a new career best with 37 points in a home win over Portland. For the season, Morris scored 15 or more points in 31 games. "Mook" delivered per-game averages of 14.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and a career-high 1.5 made three-pointers per contest. Morris drained three or more three-pointers in 17 games. He also shot a career-high 78.4 percent from the free-throw line.

2015

The 2015-16 season was Marcus Morris' fifth season in The Association. In July, the versatile forward was traded by Phoenix with Reggie Bullock and Danny Granger to the Detroit Pistons for a 2020 second-round draft pick. The deal worked out well for Detroit, as Morris posted career-high per-game averages in points (14.1), rebounds (5.1) and assists (2.5). The 26-year-old also played in 80 games, the third season in a row the durable Morris appeared in 80 or more contests. Morris also shifted from primarily serving as a bench player with Phoenix to a regular starter with the Pistons, In fact, Morris started each of his 80 games with Detroit and his minutes per contest went up from 25.2 in 2014-15 to 35.7 with the Pistons. Morris' nearly 36 minutes per contest ranked 10th in the NBA. On Nov. 11, Morris swiped a career-high five steals in a loss at Sacramento. On Dec. 2, the rugged forward grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds along with 24 points in a home win over the Suns. On Feb. 24, Morris dished a career-high eight assists in a win over Philadelphia. Morris' Pistons finished 44-38, good enough for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. This marked the first time Morris had ever appeared in a playoff game. He started all four playoff matches for Detroit, averaging 17.8 points a game in the first-round series versus Cleveland. Despite Morris' efforts, the Pistons were swept by the LeBron James-led Cavaliers.

2014

Marcus Morris started the 2014-15 season by signing a four-year contract extension with the Suns in September. His twin brother Markieff also signed a September extension with Phoenix. Marcus then went on to appear in 81 games (35 starts) and record per-game career highs in points (10.4), rebounds (4.8), assists (1.6), made three-pointers (1.4) and minutes (25.2). On Nov. 17, Morris dished out a career-high seven assists, plus 13 points, during a win at Boston. During a Dec. 26 win at Sacramento, Morris buried a career-high six three-pointers, shooting 6-for-7 from behind the arc and scoring 20 points. On Feb. 6, Morris posted a career-high 34 points, to go with 12 boards and five three-pointers, in a win over the Jazz. That performance was good for Morris' first ever NBA double-double. On March 19, Morris grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds during a win over the Pelicans. On March 22, Morris delivered another double-double of 11 points and 11 boards to go with seven assists in a win over the Mavericks. Morris registered five double-doubles during the season.

2013

Marcus Morris played in all 82 regular-season games for the Phoenix Suns during the 2013-14 season and received one start. The 24-year-old produced career-high per-game averages for points (9.7), rebounds (3.9), assists (1.1), steals (0.9) and made three-pointers (1.2). He also played a career-best 22 minutes per game while shooting a career-high 44.2 percent from the field, to go along with 38.1 percent from three-point range and 76.1 percent from the charity stripe. On Nov. 5, Morris grabbed a season-high nine boards, to go with 16 points, in a win at New Orleans. On Dec. 10, "Mook" scored a season-high 22 points in a win over the Lakers. Morris drained a career-high five three-pointers (5-6 3Pt) during a Dec. 23 win over the Lakers. On April 16, Morris matched his season high of 22 points, and added six rebounds, during a road win over the Kings.

2012

Marcus Morris split his sophomore season in The Association between the Houston Rockets and the Phoenix Suns. He also played a career-high 77 games. Morris returned to Houston to start the season and was a big contributor off the bench. He played in 54 of the Rockets' first 55 games, including 17 starts, and posted 8.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 made threes during 21.4 minutes per contest. On Dec. 29, Morris generated a career-high 24 points in a loss to the Thunder. However, just prior to the trade deadline on Feb. 20, Morris was part of a three-team trade that reunited the power forward with his brother Markieff in Phoenix. Unfortunately, Marcus' role in Phoenix decreased relative to his time in Houston. In 23 games with the Suns, he scored 5.7 points in 16.1 minutes per game, logging six starts. Counting both stints, Morris averaged 7.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per contest.

2011

Marcus Morris was drafted in the first round (14th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. He was taken just after his twin brother Markieff was selected by the Suns with the 13th pick. Marcus made his NBA debut on Opening Night, Dec. 26, during which he saw four minutes of playing time and committed two fouls. The late start to the campaign was as a result of the lockout. After brief appearances in Houston's first three games, the Rockets sent Morris to the D-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Morris played in 11 games for the Vipers and delivered per-game averages of 20.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.1 made threes per contest. He returned to the Rockets in late February, but he struggled to see much playing time. On March 22, Morris scored a season-high eight points during a blowout win over the Warriors.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2011
    Drafted by the Houston Rockets in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 2011 NBA Draft. Shortly afterwards signed a multi-year rookie contract with Houston.
  • February 21, 2013
    Traded by the Houston Rockets to the Phoenix Suns for a 2013 2nd round draft pick (Isaiah Canaan was later selected).
  • September 29, 2014
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Phoenix Suns
  • July 9, 2015
    Traded by the Phoenix Suns with Reggie Bullock and Danny Granger to the Detroit Pistons for a 2020 2nd round draft pick.
  • July 7, 2017
    Traded by the Detroit Pistons to the Boston Celtics for Avery Bradley and a 2019 2nd round draft pick (Isaiah Roby was later selected).
  • July 15, 2019
    As a free agent, signed a one-year agreement with the New York Knicks.
  • February 6, 2020
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded from the New York Knicks to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Maurice Harkless and draft consideration
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Last year’s arrival of Morris was met with mixed reviews in Boston, given that it meant parting ways with Avery Bradley. But Morris was an ideal complement to fellow-bigs Al Horford and Aron Baynes, allowing Stevens to mix and match lineups based on opponent weaknesses. Fantasy-wise, leaving Detroit’s thin roster meant a slight dip in minutes for Morris. But the reduced playing time also led to better shooting percentages, including a 37 percent success rate from behind the arc. The return of a healthy Gordon Hayward means Morris will almost certainly shift to the bench, and his production is likely to suffer, as a result. Morris can still be a factor in deeper leagues, but his contributions in points and rebounds may not be significant enough to warrant high ownership in some standard formats.
Last year in Detroit, Morris was a starter in each of the 79 games in which he appeared. That's unlikely to happen this year in Boston. This summer, the Celtics acquired Morris in exchange for Avery Bradley as Boston cleared salary space for free agent star Gordon Hayward. The good news for Morris is that Boston is in desperate need of size and rebounding. The bad news is that Morris averaged a paltry 4.6 rebounds per game last year despite playing a high 33 minutes per game. The Celtics need rebounding, but are unlikely to get it from Morris. Coach Brad Stevens is happy to go with a small ball, positionless basketball approach that will probably lead to rookie Jayson Tatum seeing minutes at power forward. On the positive, the three-for-one deal that brought Kyrie Irving to Boston should free up minutes for Morris. Last year, Morris attempted 4.5 three-point attempts per game, but only shot 33 percent from behind the arc. In fact, Morris’ three point shooting has gotten progressively worse since the 38% he shot in 2013-14. Boston loves to shoot threes, so expect Stevens to encourage Morris to keep hoisting treys. But if Morris’ minutes decline, he’ll be hard pressed to continue his two-year trend of 14.0 points per game. Stevens will most likely experiment with lineups throughout the first half of the season. Morris’ role may not be defined until after the All-Star break.
Though he expressed frustration last summer when he was traded away from the Suns (and brother Markieff) after he had agreed to a contract extension with Phoenix less than a year earlier, Morris quickly put any dissatisfaction of landing with the Pistons aside and embraced a full-time starting role for the first time in his career. Along with starting all 80 games in which he played, Morris benefited greatly from the Pistons' lack of depth on the wing, as coach Stan Van Gundy handed him 35.7 minutes per game, good for 10th-most in the NBA and a jump of 10 minutes per game from what he received in 2014-15. Morris used the uptick in playing time to post several career highs, with the 27-year-old averaging 14.1 points (on 43.4% shooting), 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.4 three-pointers and 0.8 steals per game. Morris is at his best as a mid-range shooter, but his improved proficiency from long range over the last two seasons (36%) has helped upgrade his fantasy outlook. Van Gundy indicated he planned on finding more run for his wing reserves in 2016-17, but Morris seems like a safe bet to continue receiving 30-plus minutes per night. His ability to move between both forward spots and chip in across a few different categories makes him quality roster filler in most fantasy leagues.
Marcus and his twin Markieff Morris signed joint four-year extensions with the Suns last season, expecting to play together for the long haul, but in the Suns' attempt to sign LaMarcus Aldridge this summer, they sent Marcus to the Pistons in what was essentially just a salsry dump to clear cap space. The Pistons, on the other hand, were thrilled to receive Marcus Morris in a trade that allowed them to simply absorb his contract into their cap space. Marcus is the projected starter at small forward, but after rookie Stanley Johnson went buckwild at the Orland Summer League, Morris might get pushed to the bench. It's also possible that even more lineup shuffling could happen, and the Pistons could decide to start Morris and Johnson at the forward spots by pushing presumed starting power forward Ersan Ilyasova to a bench role. Through 81 games with the Suns last season, Morris averaged 10.4 points, 1.4 three-pointers, 4.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 25 minutes per game while shooting 43 percent from the field, 36 percent from three, and 63 percent from the line. He doesn't take many shots from the line, which is probably why he's so erratic there despite being a capable three-point shooter. Morris was a much better shooter off the bench last season (39% 3Pt), playing against other second-string players, than he was in 35 games as a starter (32% 3Pt), and he's been a streaky player throughout his career, so don't be surprised if he gets slotted into a bench role this season and ends up playing a 3-and-D role behind Johnson and Ilysaova at the two forward spots. Morris is intriguing this season, but most players are what they are, and he has been a bench player for the majority of his career, so it's kind of hard to see him growing into much more than that unless he becomes more consistent this season.
One half of the Morris duo enters his fourth season in the NBA and second full season in Phoenix. In 2013-14, Morris averaged 9.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 0.9 steals in 22 minutes per game. He shot 44 percent from the field on 7.9 attempts, 38 percent from three on 3.2 attempts, and 76 percent from the free-throw line on 1.9 attempts per game. While not a major fantasy factor, Morris certainly carved out a nice role with the Suns last season and contributed to the team's success in the difficult Western Conference. On the fantasy side of things, he doesn't offer much value outside of his ability to hit three-pointers as a power forward. Given Channing Frye's departure, Morris will have a chance to fill his stretch-four role, though he has competition from his brother Markieff Morris and Anthony Tolliver, and Marcus is a bit undersized for the task. As is, Morris is only a faint blip on the fantasy radar in most formats.
Life in Phoenix did not treat Morris kindly. Coming over in a mid-February trade from Houston, he was not granted consistent playing time. When he was on the floor, the former Jayhawk shot the ball poorly. He averaged 7.7 points in 20 minutes last year and made 56 percent from the stripe. Morris must outperform his brother from long range to find minutes.
Last year's first-rounder, Morris didn't make a significant impact, as Parsons beat him out for minutes at the three, and Morris probably doesn't project as a regular four. This year, Morris will have to hold off Royce White and Terrence Jones even to secure a backup role.
The 14th overall pick in this year's draft, Morris is a capable scorer with a fluid jump shot who could contribute at the NBA level out of the gate - at least on the offensive end. Morris needs to add more strength and improve his defense to get consistent minutes, however. For now, we'd expect Chase Budinger to see most of the team's minutes at the three, but Budinger's hardly an established player, so the door is open for Morris to get more run.
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Ejected in Sunday's victory
FLos Angeles Clippers
August 31, 2020
Morris managed just nine points (4-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt), one rebound and one steal in 11 minutes during Sunday's 111-97 victory over Dallas.
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On point with two-way game
FLos Angeles Clippers
August 17, 2020
Morris recorded 19 points (8-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt), six rebounds, four steals and an assist across 32 minutes in Monday's 118-110 playoff-opening win over the Mavericks.
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Not in starting five
FLos Angeles Clippers
Coach's Decision
August 14, 2020
Morris is not in the starting five for Friday's game against the Thunder, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Pops for 16 points in loss
FLos Angeles Clippers
August 5, 2020
Morris had 16 points (6-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 117-115 loss to Phoenix.
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Scores 18 against Kings
FLos Angeles Clippers
July 28, 2020
Morris scored 18 points (6-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 24 minutes off the bench during Monday's scrimmage against the Kings.
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