Wizards power forward Markieff Morris is a player I will target in the later rounds of fantasy drafts this season. The jury is still out if the Wizards got fleeced giving away a first round pick for Morris. In 27 games 21 starts Morris averaged 12.4 points per game 5.9 rebounds per game, and 1.4 assists while his percentages improved from Phoenix to Washington across the board. The opportunity is there in DC for Morris to take another step forward. Morris struggles on the defensive end could lead to Johnny O’Bryant taking away some minutes. Andrew Nicholson is a decent shooter, but is more of a reserve. Morris is the type of stretch for that should be able to complement Marcin Gortat this season.
I believe the 2014-2015 statistics with the Suns are certainly attainable for Morris in which he averaged 15.3 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, 2.3 assists per game, 1.2 steals per game, and shot 32% from 3-point range. The Wizards have enough offensive weapons allowing Morris to slide in as the complimentary piece he is fit to be. Having a whole off-season been removed from Phoenix and the turmoil that was not been able to play with his twin brother anymore, Morris should be able to bounce back for the Wizards.
Fantasy owners that are investing in Morris are doing so because of the change of scenery and the progress that they saw at the end of last season. I view Morris as a late round lottery ticket because of the situation and upside. The previous knucklehead behavior makes me not want invest too heavily in Morris.
Categories league’s owners look at Morris as a power forward that can hit a three, get a steal, and shoot 76% from the free-throw line. Sometimes fantasy owners get caught up in what player did for them last year instead of what they feel like you’re going to do for them this year. Morris may provide some late round upside for those that evaluate on the situation this season.