Memphis Grizzlies' All-Star Ja Morant isn't a champion yet, but many believe that he'll eventually be considered one of the best players in the NBA. Just ask Miami Heat legend and NBA 75 team representative Dwyane Wade, who already believes that Morant will be part of the NBA 100 team 25 years from now.
"In 25 years, he'll be up there on the stage,"
Dwyane Wade, Inside the NBA.
Morant's journey to superstardom
Morant has shown his uttermost potential with the Grizzlies in the past two years. But this season's different. He has leaped and is now leading the third-seeded Memphis Grizzlies averaging a career-high of 27.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game.
From barely making it to the Playoffs to securing home-court in the first round, Morant has undoubtedly been a superstar this season.
Last Monday, the one-time All-Star scored a career-high 50 points in 34 minutes against the San Antonio Spurs — the highest in Grizzlies history. Only eight players have ever done this in NBA history: Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, George Gervin, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Karl Malone, Tracy McGrady, and Klay Thompson — most of which are already Hall-of-Famers.
Morant's 50-point game at this point isn't a shocker because he's been putting up big numbers over the past couple of months. Since December 25, Morant has averaged 30 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists while making at least 50% of his shots. To say he's been efficient is an understatement at this point. The Grizzlies' point guard deserves to be in the MVP conversation.
A case to make it to the top 100 team
We'll have to check if Wade's statement was true in 2047. But it's fair to say that Morant's career is already trending in the right direction.
The 22-year-old, whose eyes always seem to be filled with relentlessness, is already considered as one of if not the most exciting players in the league today. Whether it's a poster dunk, acrobatic layup, or even a circus three-point shot, there's just something about his game that takes every basketball fan's breath away.
This season, Morant has garnered 385 million views across the NBA's social media platforms, making him the third-most viewed player behind Stephen Curry (674 million views) and LeBron James (402 million views).
If Morant has already made a name for himself three years into his career, how else would it be like 25 years from now? One thing's for sure: Basketball fans cannot wait to witness the next few years of Morant's legacy.