Wednesday, December 1

Ja Morant, the rise of a star


The expectations that existed in the Memphis Grizzlies around Temetrius Jamel ‘Ja’ Morant they were high this season. But the hatching of the base of Dalzell (South Carolina) in its third season is surpassing everything you could imagine. Without going further, Already dwelling dressed as a hero to dominate the Warriors away and cut the streak of the undefeated team of Stephen Curry (101-104) scoring 30 points and the decisive basket in a game that needed extra time.

In full reconstruction phase, Memphis He firmly opted for this 22-year-old and 1.91-tall base, in whom no one noticed his time in high school. He now leads the NBA scoring rankings with 30.4 points, ahead of Curry and Kevin Durant, and for talent, creativity, power and speed, he seems thrown towards his first All Star appearance.

Detected by chance

It was by chance as an assistant coach of Murray State, James Kane, noticed him and opened the doors of college basketball for him, when he attended a training campus. As he went to eat, he observed Morant in an auxiliary track while disputed a three for three, away from the spotlight. Kane he was pleasantly surprised, passed on his reports, and Murray University ended up offering him a scholarship.

In his two years of college, Morant made a huge impact, becoming the first player in NCAA history to average at least 20 points and 10 assists in one season. His fame, led to Grizzlies, in the middle of the reconstruction stage, to bet on him as number two in the 2019 draft, only behind Zion Williamson, of the Pelicans, a decision that some of his staunch fans are beginning to question.

In its first season, Morant was already chosen as ‘rookie’ of the year. In the past, he managed to lead the Grizzlies to the ‘play-offs’ after getting rid of the Warriors in the ‘play-in’. And in this, its performance at the highest level begins to be a constant. There are only five games that the Grizzlies have played, but their numbers are astonishing: 37 points against the Cavaliers; 28 vs. the Clippers; 40 against the Lakers, 17 against the Blazers and 30 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals against Golden State.

A leader on the court

“The point guard position is very loaded with great players. I think I am one of the best five in the NBA along with Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook. Some others have to stay out, “says the Memphis player, who has taken a step forward in his game, which can make him one of the dominant players of the decade.

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Beyond his ability to dribble and dribble, his explosiveness and his ability to jump, Already dwelling it has skyrocketed its effectiveness on the line of three. He is averaging a 40.6% success rate with 6.4 attempts per night, down from 31.7% and 3.2 for his first two seasons. Also, according to NBA Stats, his score in the paint (16 points per night) is second best only behind Anthony Davis (16.8) and ahead of players like Jokic or Antetokounmpo. He is the only point guard in an aspect of the game dominated by forwards and centers.

“Ja is taking big steps as a player and as a leader. His voice resonates everywhere on the pitch, “says his coach. Taylor jenkins, anticipating what an exceptional career can be.




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