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Marcus Morris is primarily a scorer. That's always been his role throughout his short NBA career.
He did not suddenly develop an arsenal of deadly secondary skills, such as fantastic individual defense or rebounding. Those are the areas he still has to work on in the future.
However, Marcus did improve immensely this season by becoming an efficient and consistent scoring spark off the bench.
In 23 games with the Suns last season, Marcus shot 41 percent from the field, 31 percent from deep and 41 percent from the free-throw line. He averaged 5.7 points per game and gradually lost playing time as the season went on. Although acquiring Morris was a low-risk move in the first place (Phoenix gave up only a second-round pick), expectations were low going into this season.
But recently, with Jeff Hornacek's help, Marcus has become quite effective.
He averaged a career-high 9.7 points per game this season, and all of his shooting numbers increased as well. He became one of the team's best sharpshooters, knocking down 38 percent of his three-point attempts while shooting 44 percent overall.
And in addition to improving his perimeter shot, he also strengthened his mid-range game. In 2012-13, Marcus shot 10-of-31 from 10-16 feet (32 percent) and 17-of-67 from 16 feet to the three-point line (25 percent).
This season, Marcus shot 49 percent and 39 percent in those two areas, respectively. He also took over 100 attempts in both of those zones, showing that he has developed a greater confidence in his mid-range shooting.
Marcus Morris may not be a future star, but at the very least he could be an important role player or sixth man. The Suns have every incentive to keep him, but if they do happen to trade him within the next couple of years, one would only hope that both Morris twins are dealt as a package out of courtesy and respect.