Ja Morant has been one of the most pleasant surprises this season, and his personal and team efforts with the Memphis Grizzlies were awarded after it was announced he won the Rookie of The Year award. Morant has been consistent throughout the season, averaging 18 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds, leading the Grizzlies to the playoffs. He showed incredible maturity for someone who is so young and often looked like he played in the NBA for at least a decade.
In a recent J.J.Redick podcast where Kevin Durant made a guest appearance, they talked about Morant and what makes him unique. When the season initially started, there was so much hype around Zion Williamson that people didn’t even pay attention to Morant and everything he was doing from the beginning, consistently.
Durant admires Morant because he immediately knew this kid was different by how he was playing the game in which his high basketball IQ comes to play. On top of that, he is a freakish athlete capable of creating space and attacking the rim. The only thing Durant thinks Morant will have to work on is the consistency in his shooting, which he can develop in the upcoming years.
When he came to Barclays, and I’ve seen him up close, I saw his feel for the game and how he doesn’t force anything. He is just a graceful athlete, and he is going to be able to shot it. His mechanics are not that bad, it’s not like he can’t make a shot at all. If you go under him, he will knock down a couple of threes in a game. Once his shooting gets a bit better and more accurate, the sky is the limit.Kevin Durant, via J.J.Redick Podcast
With Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr., the Grizzlies have a great young core on top of which they can build around a team that will be competitive for years to come. Morant proved in his rookie season, he can be a great floor general and his shooting will only get better with time. His most significant advantage is his basketball IQ and willingness to learn and improve as a player. As Durant, said the sky is the limit for this kid.