Marcus Morris Sr. may be one of the game’s more underrated talents but Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens believes that the 29-year-old forward is invaluable piece of their championship puzzle. Citing Morris’ versatility and inside-out scoring ability, Stevens would tell reporters that Morris is “a great fit for how [the Celtics] play” prior to Saturday’s game against the Detroit Pistons.
Morris is averaging 13.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game for Boston this season, which both rank third on the team. Even better, Morris is doing this efficiently, shooting 47.8 percent from the field (ranked third on the team), 47.6 percent from three-point range (ranked first on the team) and 87.5 percent shooting from the charity stripe (ranked fourth on the team).
Considered a “tweener” prospect when he graduated from the University of Kansas, Morris’ lack of a defined position was seen as a negative prior to the league’s emphasis on versatility and guard skills.
However, Morris has long been the perfect player for this version of the NBA, as he’s a mobile player with enough size to guard either forward position and the defensive acumen to make their jobs tough as well. Further, while Morris isn’t a player that will take his man off-the-dribble like a wing, he can get a first step on slower forwards and post up smaller forwards.
Morris — who is in the final season of his contract — can be the x-factor the Boston Celtics this season, as he proved against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. Particularly with Gordon Hayward still working himself back to All-Star form and the prominence of undersized power forwards.