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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Marcus Morris sent to NBADL

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— Former Kansas University forward Marcus Morris is being sent to the NBA Developmental League for some seasoning, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday night. First-round draft pick Morris is headed to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in Hidalgo, Texas.

“Fortunately, we’re a team it’s very hard to come in as a rookie and play,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told the Houston Chronicle. “We like all our young players to go through a process before they get on the floor. Marcus is someone with very high level of talent and someone we feel will benefit greatly from playing and working on his game. Our focus for Marcus is to work on his defense and offense at the three.”

Morris had been working a lot at power forward with Patrick Patterson injured. The Rockets, who are in the midst of a busy schedule, do not have a practice scheduled until next week.

Comments

Momanfan2015 8 years, 1 month ago

Did anybody see Kieff play yesterday? He looked impressive and valuable to the Suns offensively.

Dee Shaw 8 years, 1 month ago

Here is a guy who was an absolute stud at KU and is being sent to the Development League. Shows how good you must be to get any real playing time in the NBA. No knock on Marcus just amazing the talent that is in the NBA. Keep your head up. It's only temporarily.

hawk316 8 years, 1 month ago

And another good argument for kids to stay in school as long as possible/necessary in order to be truly ready for the big time. As we know, the majority of college players who choose to come out early do so too soon (obviously, there are a few exceptions). I fully realize that for some it makes sense to get the big paycheck when they have the opportunity, but it seems that most would benefit from those extra couple of years in college.

hawk316 8 years, 1 month ago

P.S. I did not mean this to sound like I believed Marcus was not ready. His situation is a bit unique because of the talent in front of him, and his DL assignment should not be interpreted to mean that he came out too early. I was just making a general argument.

Josh Galler 8 years, 1 month ago

I have a brain fart which twin was the one who had more promise heading towards last college basketball season?

justanotherfan 8 years, 1 month ago

Marcus... and he still probably does long term. However, if you look at the rosters for their respective teams, Phoenix needs Markieff to play (and play alot) right now, while Houston needs a big guy. Their options are to either play Marcus out of position (which they have done early in the season) or bring in a true 4 and let Marcus work on his skills at the 3.

They chose the second option, which means they think Marcus can be a legitimate 3 in the NBA and don't want to hinder his development by playing him out of position so early in his career.

JayHawkFanToo 8 years, 1 month ago

While Marcus had the better stats in college, many scouts thought of him as a tweener and thought that Markieff playing at a more natural 4 position would fare better in the NBA. Markieff was drafted 1 spot ahead of Marcus.

Robert Brock 8 years, 1 month ago

Hidalgo, Texas? Just being there sounds like sheer punishment.

Michael Potter 8 years, 1 month ago

Last year we were burnt by big men who could shoot from the perimeter, and the article said they want him to work on his perimeter defense. Hopefully Thomas Robinson sees this and starts working on his now because he may wind up in the same boat,

Robert Brown 8 years, 1 month ago

I can't blame the Morris twins for declaring for the draft, but the D-league is really going to seem like huge demotion even when compared to playing at KU. The environment at a D-league game is more akin to high school. Somehow Selby is still on an NBA roster.

mikehawk 8 years, 1 month ago

My limited exposure includes games in relatively empty arenas with players going at it hard because they are trying to do what is asked of them to have a chance to make a living doing what they love in the face of adversity. Go see one and you will find they are very interesting to watch. Lots of really great players you have never heard of before.

Vroo 8 years, 1 month ago

With a two-year $3.9 million contract, the Rockets are definitely thinking NBA playing time for Marcus, not leaving him in the D league.

Sam Constance 8 years, 1 month ago

I used to be a Daryl Morey fan as it relates to NBA GMs. One of the guys who has put a lot of stock in the more advanced metrics for evaluating player success, he wasn't like your typical "throw money at it" problem solvers in the NBA GM ranks.

That being said, his comment about the Rockets being a hard team to come in as a rookie and play is ridiculous. Has he looked at his own roster lately?

http://espn.go.com/nba/team/roster/_/name/hou/houston-rockets

Not sure exactly where the backlog is at SF... I see Terrance Williams, Chase Budinger and Chandler Parsons. Sounds like a list of "lets see who pans out between these former college stars who haven't done anything in the NBA yet" guys. Not sure how they expect Marcus to show what he can do without playing time or practices. Are those three guys really so much better that you can't afford to give McM more than 5 minutes a game?

mikehawk 8 years, 1 month ago

Long term, I still compare Marcus to Paul Pierce. And... I still think he can eventually play the 2 at the NBA level.

Mike Ford 8 years, 1 month ago

why talk smack on the nbadl? Cartier Martin of KSU got a couple of NBA contracts with Bobcats, Warriors, and a full season with the Wizards from the NBADL. Brady Morningstar might get a callup to the NBA in the last couple weeks of the regular season. We have the Iowa Energy and the Tulsa 66ers nearby and Brady plays with the 66ers as did Cole Aldrich last year.

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