2011 NBA Mock Draft: Would Markieff Morris Give Pacers a Top Flight Frontcourt?
The 2011 NBA Draft is all about building around the players you have in place in order to improve your team. The Indiana Pacers have progressed greatly since the firing of Jim O'Brien, led by the emergence of Tyler Hansbrough.
Just think what the addition of Markieff Morris of Kansas could do to the Indiana Pacers' frontcourt.
While he does not receive as much media attention as his brother, Marcus, Markieff is very talented. He is more than capable of taking over a game.
Chad Ford of ESPN says that " Markieff Morris has improved his offensive game, though it's not quite equal to Marcus' yet. Markieff, however, is an inch taller and has proven to be a better rebounder and shot-blocker."
Ford goes on to say that "Marcus is more polished, while Markieff has a physical advantage that matters in the pros."
Morris had his breakout season with Kansas in his junior year, and he will use that to lift him to the next level. His size allows him to be able to play against all types of NBA players, and his offense will develop in the right situation. Indiana could be a great fit for him.
Morris can also step out and drain the occasional three pointer, but his game is best when he is facing the hoop. If he can work on developing his post game, he could become an excellent prospect at the next level.
For more on the draft and some possible first round selections, make sure to check out Bleacher Report Cavaliers Featured Columnist Jesse Dorsey, who previews the NBA Draft 2011: Has Jimmer Fredette Worked His Way Into the Top 10?
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