Quick Hits: Marcus Morris Sr. The All-Star?

Lately I’ve been barking about Marcus Morris Sr. to literally anybody who wants to listen, and admittedly, more people who do not want to listen. Either way, he’s been hoopin’ and I have some takes to get off today. Marcus Morris Sr. deserves to be considered for an All-Star bid and I am here to do the lord’s work by informing you on why.

First of all, as it’s been noted, he’s at 50/43.7/89.5 in terms of shooting splits which is close to the gold standard of 50/40/90. Look at the list of players who have reached Morris’ numbers:

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Not that it needs to be said, but that’s some pretty solid company. I know what you’re thinking now: “if Malcolm Brogdon’s shooting better why isn’t he an All-Star?”. Here’s my response: I don’t care, I’m writing about Mook, do Malcolm Brogdon on your own time.

Those are all career highs for Morris and he even is posting career highs in points (15.4) and rebounds (6.2). I’d say he has debatably been the second best player on the Celtics this season (him and Tatum are 2a and 2b in my opinion so far) and he definitely has been the most consistent player aside from Kyrie. You just know exactly what you’re going to get out of him every night and he’s never going to fade into the background. He brings a toughness to the starting 5 as well as has been one of their most reliable defenders with the ability to cover smaller wing players or bump down to the post.

While his counting numbers aren’t too impressive in terms of an All-Star, bid they could still be on their way up. Since entering the starting lineup, check his numbers out:

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If that’s a little blurry to read, he’s at 17.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, on 51.4/42.7/94.4 splits. When he entered the starting 5, his points per game average sat at 13.9, and after 13 games it’s grown to 15.4. I could see him potentially getting up to around 17 points if he keeps up this sort of pace and by how he’s been playing, it isn’t unreasonable to think it will continue.

Other than the numbers, he completely passes the eye-test night in and night out. He just looks like a guy who would be an All-Star and as broad as that sounds, it’s true. He handles himself like he’s the best player on the court and more often than not, he might have a case.  Not only does he handle himself like it, his play backs it up. With the amount of mouths to feed on the Celtics it’s tough for guys to consistently put up numbers. Morris has forced himself into the limelight and credit to him after being talked about like old news all off-season.

The question is: does he have a spot? I put together a little chart and I see it this way for the All-Star Game as of now.

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That’s a lot of guys but after the 10 I listed that are locks or are probably in, there are 2 spots available. Even more spots could become available barring injuries and stuff like that so there definitely is a chance. Is it a good chance? No, it isn’t, and that’s mainly based off of name value. For example, Tatum and Morris are having similar seasons and while I believe Morris has been better, Tatum has the name value and will get in over him if their numbers are close. It’ll be tough, but what better story would there be other than Mook making his first All-Star Game the year he had his first child and decided to put “Sr.” on the back of his jersey? None. That’s how many.

-Chuck

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