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Post#1 » by BigRedDog » Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:34 am

just want to go on record and say by the time its all said and done I believe Ja Morant will be the best player from this draft class.

This kid is really going to be something special.

The PG position has been really down the last several drafts but this guy literally leaps off the page in every facet of the game.
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Post#2 » by VCfor3 » Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:15 pm

Appreciate the love. I'm excited for his passing and how well his offcourt relationship with JJJ seems to be developing. Hopefully it translates to on the court and JJJ turns into a monster.
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Post#3 » by Jamaaliver » Wed Jul 24, 2019 3:07 pm

Ja Morant May Be the Next Westbrook, but Does the NBA Want Another Westbrook?

The Murray State point guard may be the best traditional point guard in this year’s draft. The question is how valuable that is in the NBA given the way the game is trending

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No player in college basketball, not even Zion Williamson, has made more money in the pros this season than Ja Morant. The Murray State point guard went from a secondary option in the Racers offense as a freshman to one of the best players in the country as a sophomore. He has been so dominant (24.1 points on 49.8 percent shooting, 10.3 assists, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game) that he could become the first top-five pick from the Ohio Valley Conference since 1967. Morant has everything that a team looking for a traditional point guard should want. The question is how much they should want that type of player given the way the NBA is changing.

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He is having a historically great campaign in a ball-dominant role. Murray State runs everything through a player who can either score at will against one defender or find the open man when the defense sends help. He won’t be able to overpower NBA defenders with raw physicality. At 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, Morant has a far scrawnier frame than Westbrook, who is built like an NFL linebacker. He is also more explosive vertically than laterally, and he doesn’t have the top-end speed of a young Westbrook or De’Aaron Fox. There is more craftiness and guile to his game.

A team that drafts a more ball-dominant point guard like Morant has to build its offense around him, which limits its flexibility with the rest of the roster. A decade from now, the best point guards in the league will either be significantly bigger than him or will be much better 3-point shooters than he is. Morant has too much going for him to bust out of the NBA, but he will need to keep reinventing his game to keep up with the way the sport is changing. For as great as he has been in college, a player like Morant can only be so valuable in the modern NBA.
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Post#4 » by Jamaaliver » Wed Jul 24, 2019 3:07 pm

Memphis ushers in a new era by handing the keys of the franchise to Ja Morant, who will have every opportunity to learn the ropes on the job alongside one of the top rookies in the NBA last year in Jaren Jackson Jr. Morant's speed, playmaking ability and flair for the spectacular will help transform the Grizzlies overnight into one of the most entertaining teams to watch in the NBA on a nightly basis, even if it will likely take time for that to translate to the win column. -- Jonathan Givony


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Post#6 » by BigRedDog » Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:41 am

This is going to be a weird player comp but if you watch a lot of bball i think you'll get the comparison. His elite athleticism and upright style reminds me a LOT of Jeremy Lin. I think he steps into the league and has immediate success a la Linsanity. This guy has SERIOUS game. He's got amazing athleticism but honestly i think if you stripped away the athleticism and made him average he'd still be a player in this league. He's like a blend of Mike Conley's skills and Jeremy Lin's speed and athletic gifts... with crazy hops just randomly thrown in...
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Post#7 » by VCfor3 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:52 pm

BigRedDog wrote:This is going to be a weird player comp but if you watch a lot of bball i think you'll get the comparison. His elite athleticism and upright style reminds me a LOT of Jeremy Lin. I think he steps into the league and has immediate success a la Linsanity. This guy has SERIOUS game. He's got amazing athleticism but honestly i think if you stripped away the athleticism and made him average he'd still be a player in this league. He's like a blend of Mike Conley's skills and Jeremy Lin's speed and athletic gifts... with crazy hops just randomly thrown in...


I'm excited to see his passing. Conley is a stud but wasn't really looking for JJJ nor is he an elite passer. Having a potentially elite passer actively looking for him (as well as lobs to Clarke) should be fun.

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