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The larger Morris twin is a polished player with a tough side
2010-2011 Stats: 13.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.1 blocks in 24.4 minutes per game
I am amazed at how undervalued Markieff Morris has been in most NBA mock drafts. His stats are impressive any way you slice it, but when you look at his relatively low minutes per game, they become very impressive.
Morris averaged 13.6 rebounds per 40 minutes, and while he likely isn't quite as good of a rebounder as Faried or Biyombo, he has a polished and versatile offensive game that both of them lack, along with NBA range.
Markieff's twin, Marcus, is ranked above him in most mock drafts and big boards. This is understandable, as Marcus, who averaged 17.2 PPG last season, is viewed as a far superior scorer to his brother. However, Marcus also played more minutes than Markieff, and Markieff's scoring average increases to 15.8 PPG when given as many minutes as his twin.
Furthermore, Markieff shot a higher percentage from both the field (58.9 percent vs. Marcus' 57 percent) and three-point range (42.4 percent vs. Marcus' 34.2 percent).
Regardless, Marcus is still a superior scorer to Markieff. However, Markieff is not as far behind as some might think, and his greater stature and superior rebounding ability could lead him to be a better player at the next level.
Although Markieff Morris will likely never be a star in the NBA, he is a solid, NBA-ready player with very few weaknesses. Markieff is not particularly athletic and lacks huge potential, but in a draft class from which superstars are unlikely to emerge, he is a safe, smart pick and would be an excellent choice for the Indiana Pacers.
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