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Markieff Morris | Forward

Team: Phoenix Suns
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/2/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 245
College: Kansas
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Markieff Morris scored 29 points with 11 boards in Thursday's overtime win over the Thunder, adding three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 44 minutes.
He was really struggling prior to tonight, averaging just 6.3 points over his last three games, so his owners will be thrilled that he broke out of his slump. The best part of all of this is that he struggled in the mid-range again tonight, making 4-of-13 on those shots. Morris was money everywhere else, though. Expect some bumps in the road, but look for Morris to build on this momentum on Saturday against Tim Duncan and the Spurs. Feb 27 - 2:47 AM

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Markieff Morris' shooting slump continued on Wednesday against the Nuggets, making 1-of-5 from the field for five points with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers in 22 minutes.

He was one of the best mid-range power forwards in the NBA earlier in the season, but that's been his undoing lately. In his last seven, Morris made just 21.6 percent of his mid-range shots, which account for 50.5 percent of his shot total. That explains why he's only averaged 12.3 points, 5.6 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.6 treys on 33.7 percent from the field in that span. Besides the shooting issue, it's not that bad. He should get it turned around soon because all players go through shooting slumps.
Feb 26 - 1:46 AM

Markieff Morris scored 31 points on 12-of-21 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in Friday's loss to the Wolves.

Morris was bound to get a few extra looks with the Suns fielding a lineup without newly acquired Brandon Knight and Marcus Thornton, all while Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas were on their way out. The net effect of the trade deadline should help him get a few extra shots per night and help his already strong early round value.
Feb 21 - 1:41 AM

Markieff Morris questioned the officiating in Sunday's last-second loss to Sacramento.

Coming off a 3-of-20 shooting performance, Morris said he didn't know what a foul was anymore. "I've been playing all year, I guess, without getting no foul calls. I don't know what's a foul, what isn't a foul now. I never get fouled is basically what they're telling me," he said." We wouldn't be surprised if Morris is fined as a result, but he was probably just frustrated after a terrible shooting night. The Suns are now 2-9 in games decided by three points or fewer this season.
Feb 9 - 10:36 AM

Markieff Morris shot an abysmal 3-of-20 from the field on Sunday, finishing a loss to the short-handed Kings with eight points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 35 minutes.

Minutes and touches weren't an issue for Markieff tonight, but he joined Michael Carter-Williams as the only players this season with three made field goals on 20 or more attempts. According to Basketball-Reference, that ignominious plateau has been reached by only 10 players in the past decade.
Feb 9 - 12:16 AM

Markieff Morris scored 18 points with eight rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

If the Suns are going to miss Alex Len (ankle), that could mean Morris gets minutes at the five a bit more. Morris has struggled around the rim lately and from deep, but he's spent extra time in practice on his long-range shot. That means the Suns have no intention of abandoning his 3-point contributions, especially since he's been great in the mid-range. He has a buy-low feel right now.
Feb 6 - 1:09 AM

Markieff Morris scored 16 points against the Wizards on Wednesday with seven rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 36 minutes.

He was right back to his old role after being benched on Sunday due to a technical foul. The Suns are a much better team when Markieff is on the floor, so it's important for him to avoid technical fouls. Additionally, he is being investigated by Phoenix police for an alleged assault, according to CBS 5. Morris is a must-start player until further notice.
Source: KPHO.com
Jan 29 - 2:45 AM

Coach Jeff Hornacek said he will not have a "hard-and-fast rule" but he "may still sit [a player who picks up a technical foul] for the end of the game."

"We're just going to try to do a better job as teammates to corral each other when they start to argue," Hornacek said. "The guys [said] they would do that." The Suns lead the NBA in technical fouls and Markieff Morris was benched for almost the entire second half for his 10th technical of the season on Sunday. Goran Dragic was also benched last week for a tech. Fantasy owners should know there is some risk in starting the Morrii Twins or anyone else.
Jan 28 - 2:57 PM

Markieff Morris was benched for a technical foul in the third quarter against the Clippers on Sunday, finishing with nine points, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

He argued with a referee and coach Jeff Hornacek pulled Morris with 10 minutes left in the third quarter for his 10th tech of the season. This is a new rule for the Suns with Hornacek benching players for technical fouls with Goran Dragic having a similar fate on Friday. The Suns used more of Marcus Morris and P.J. Tucker to replace Markieff today, which was a problem because of Blake Griffin. Markieff's body language wasn't great throughout the game and he didn't want to comment post-game. All that said, this shouldn't be an issue going forward and Morris remains a must-start player.
Jan 25 - 11:53 PM

Markieff Morris hit just 2-of-7 shots for six points and five rebounds in 29 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

That broke a streak of four double-digit scoring games for Markieff, who had 35 points against the Cavs a week ago. He'll bounce back, but gave way to the team's three point guards (Eric Bledsoe, Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic) tonight.
Jan 22 - 12:49 AM

Markieff Morris lit up the Cavaliers for a career-high 35 points in Tuesday's home win, hitting 15-of-21 shots with two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

The Cavs' porous defense deserves some credit for Kieff's huge night, but he's now cracked 25 points in three of the Suns' past eight games. His across-the-board production has resulted in top-50 value for his fortunate owners, and he ranks fifth among PFs in steals per game (1.4), trailing only Nerlens Noel, Anthony Davis, Paul Millsap and Thaddeus Young.
Jan 14 - 12:04 AM

Markieff Morris, who shot 1-of-11 from the field on Friday, finished Sunday's double-OT loss to the Grizzlies with 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting before fouling out after 37 minutes.

He made one 3-pointer with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block, and it's nice to see him bounce back quickly from his worst shooting game of the year. Kieff has flirted with top-50 value in both 8-cat and 9-cat leagues this season and the recent acquisition of Brandan Wright shouldn't impact his role significantly, so keep starting him with confidence.
Jan 11 - 9:18 PM

Markieff Morris quickly bounced back from Sunday's six-point dud, finishing a road win in Milwaukee on Tuesday with 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting, 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal.

This was Markieff's sixth double-double of the season and his first since Dec. 5. His versatility has enabled him to quietly post top-50 fantasy value this season in just 30 minutes per game, a sustainable pace for the rest of the season.
Jan 6 - 10:40 PM

Markieff Morris hit 10-of-17 shots and three 3-pointers for 25 points, four rebounds and a steal in Wednesday's OT loss to the Thunder.

The Suns' Eric Bledsoe passed up a game-tying layup in overtime to kick it out to a wide-open Morris, who left his game-winning 3-point try short. Morris played very well tonight, but the fact the Suns lost on a night Russell Westbrook was ejected in the second quarter is not going to sit well with them.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 11:38:00 PM

Markieff Morris scored just nine points on Tuesday vs. Dallas, adding four boards, four assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

Apart from the four steals, this line was rather disappointing as the Suns decided to go small for most of the game. Morris should be much better against the Kings on Friday, and his owners can expect him to have occasional bumps in the road like this one. That being said, he still belongs in all lineups.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 12:28:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Brandon Knight
2Archie Goodwin
3Kendall Marshall
SG1Eric Bledsoe
2Gerald Green
3Marcus Thornton
SF1P.J. Tucker
2Danny Granger
3Reggie Bullock
4John Salmons
5T.J. Warren
PF1Markieff Morris
2Marcus Morris
C1Alex Len
2Brandan Wright
3Earl Barron