Thursday, February 21, 2013

Morris twins reunited in Phoenix


— The Phoenix Suns again have a set of twins on their roster after making a trade to bring Marcus Morris from the Houston Rockets.

The move, officially announced by the Suns on Thursday, unites Marcus with identical twin brother Markieff in Phoenix.

Only once before in NBA history have twins played for the same team, when Dick and Tom Van Arsdale were together with the Suns in 1976-77.

The Suns sent a 2013 second-round draft pick to Houston to get Marcus Morris, who was the 14th pick in the 2011 draft. Markieff was the 13th pick overall by Phoenix. The twins played together at Kansas University, and on the same team through all their other levels of basketball until reaching the pros.

To make room for Marcus Morris, Phoenix waived forward Luke Zeller.

Not surprisingly, the brothers were elated with the developments.

“Can’t explain this feeling!!!” Markieff said on Twitter shortly after the trade was made official. On Wednesday night, when news of the trade broke from unnamed sources, Markieff talked about the joy that the reunion will bring.

“I’m super excited,” Markieff said after the Suns lost at Golden State. “It can’t get no better for me. This is what I definitely wanted from the beginning, to be the same as college. I’m just excited to be able to play with him again. Honestly, all of this has been a dream to me. God is blessing it to be better and better for me and him.”

Marcus was considered to be the better of the two coming out of college, but the Suns chose Markieff because he’s a bit bigger — 6-foot-10 and 245 pounds — and fit their need for a power forward. In Houston, meanwhile, Marcus — 6-9 and 235 pounds — had to adjust to playing small forward.

This season, Marcus appeared in 54 games for Houston, 17 as a starter, averaging 8.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 21.4 minutes per game and hitting 38 percent from three-point range. He had a career-high 29 points against Oklahoma City on Dec. 29. Markieff has had an up-and-down two seasons in Phoenix. This season, he’s averaging 7.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Markieff is seven minutes older than Marcus.

“We have been intrigued for quite some time about the potential synergy from having both Morris twins on our team,” said Lon Babby, Suns president for basketball operations, in a news release announcing the trade. “So we are excited to have the opportunity to welcome Marcus to the Suns.”


Scott Smetana 6 years, 12 months ago

Please Suns, pick up Chalmers, Pierce, BRush, and Aldrich.

JHawk74 6 years, 12 months ago

How about Robinson, Selby, Arthur, Hinrich and Henry? Any other former Kansas Players I'm missing.

Steve Reigle 6 years, 12 months ago

Paul Pierce -- on edit. oops, missed that he's already mentioned.

Eric TheCapn 6 years, 12 months ago

Keith Langford, Julian Wright... Danny Manning....

hotrodm 6 years, 12 months ago

Congrats to the Twins and the Suns. The Twins numbers will increase, Can't wait to watch them play on the same team again.

Andy Godwin 6 years, 12 months ago

A second round pick for a first rounder two years ago. Marcus' stock has really dropped. Hopefully the change in scenery will elevate both Morris' careers because not many Jayhawks are making an impact in the NBA as of late.

ClydeTurnbuckle 6 years, 12 months ago

I don't get this move by the Rockets at all. They have a guy giving them 8 and 4 in his second year, only have to pay him the pittance of a rookie contract, and traded him straight up for a second round pick.

Kovo12 6 years, 12 months ago

They are unloading contracts to free up space so they can have enough money to sign a max player in free agency this summer (Dwight Howard).

CougIsLJW 6 years, 12 months ago

Plus, if you saw the other trade they made, you'd see they aren't that concerned.

JayHawkFanToo 6 years, 12 months ago

Here is a list of all individuals that went to KU (even briefly) and when and where they played professionally. In many cases, the last stop is not a good indicator of the career they had, i.e. Greg Ostertag had a long NBA career but his last stint was a brief comeback in the Development League. Interesting, Julian Wright is now playing in Israel and Darnell Jackson in China.

Players who continued career after graduation

Name INCH (CM) Pos Born Last Year Last Playing Team

Aldrich Cole 6'11'' (211) C 88 2013 Sacramento K. (NBA)
Anderson Braeden 6'9'' (206) F 92 2013 Fresno St. (NCAA1)
Arthur Darrell 6'9'' (206) F 88 2013 Memphis G. (NBA)
Bahe Nick 6'3'' (191) G 84 2008 Creighton (NCAA1)
Barry Scooter 6'3'' (189) G 66 2006 Leon
Boschee Jeff 6'2'' (187) G 79 2005 Grindavik
Bradford Nick 6'7'' (200) G/F 78 2011 Grindavik
Calloway Rick 6'6'' (198) F 66 1997 P.Cukier SIDEn
Chalmers Mario 6'1'' (185) PG 86 2013 Miami Heat (NBA)
Chenowith Eric 7'1'' (215) C 79 2008 ET Land
Collins Sherron 5'11'' (180) PG 87 2012 San Antonio S. (NBA)
Collison Nick 6'9'' (206) F 80 2013 Oklah.City T. (NBA)
Coyne Robert 6'9'' (204) F 71 2003 San German
Dreiling Greg 7'1'' (216) C 63 1997 Dallas M. (NBA)
Earl Lester 6'8'' (203) F/C 76 2004 Melilla
Gooden Drew 6'10'' (208) F 81 2013 Milwaukee B. (NBA)
Graves Jeff 6'9'' (206) C/F 81 2012 Cent.Illinois D. (PBL)
Gregory Kenny 6'6'' (197) G/F 78 2011 Nancy
Haase Jerod 6'3'' (191) G 74 1998 Terceira
Hancock Darrin 6'7'' (201) G/F 71 2005 Gary S. (IBL)
Hawkins Jeff 5'11'' (180) G 82 2006 Oslebshausen
Henry Xavier 6'6'' (198) G 91 2013 N.Orleans H. (NBA)
Henry C.J. 6'4'' (193) G 2011 S.Nazarene (NAIA)
Hinrich Kirk 6'4'' (193) G 81 2013 Chicago B. (NBA)
Hunter Cedric 5'11'' (181) G 65 1998 Cocodrilos
Jackson Darnell 6'8'' (203) F 85 2013 Xinjiang FT
Janisse Jelani 6'3'' (191) G 77 2005 Ontario W. (ABA)
Johnson Ashante 6'8'' (203) F 76 2010 Zain
Jordan Adonis 5'11'' (180) G 70 2003 Victoria
Kaun Sasha 6'11'' (211) C 85 2013 CSKA
LaFrentz Raef 6'11'' (210) C 76 2009 Portland TB (NBA)
Langford Keith 6'4'' (193) SG 83 2013 EA7 Armani
Lee Michael 6'2'' (188) G 83 2009 De La Salle
Little Mario 6'6'' (198) G 87 2013 Tulsa 66ers (D-League)
Manning Danny 6'10'' (208) F/C 66 2003 Detroit P. (NBA)
Markkanen Pekka 6'10'' (207) C 67 2002 BC Jyvaskyla
McCoy Fred 6'6'' (198) F 2000 Washington C. (USBL)
Miles Aaron 6'1'' (186) PG 83 2013 Krasnie Krilya
Morningstar Brady 6'3'' (190) G 86 2013 Tulsa 66ers (D-League)
Morris Markieff 6'10'' (208) F 89 2013 Phoenix Suns (NBA)
Morris Marcus 6'8'' (203) F 89 2013 Phoenix Suns (NBA)

JayHawkFanToo 6 years, 12 months ago

Players who continued career after graduation (Cont.)

Nash Bryant 6'6'' (198) F 81 2012 N.Dallas V. (ABA)
Novosel Scott 6'1'' (186) G 73 2001 Kansas City S. (ABA)
Olson Brett 6'9'' (204) F/C 80 2008 Asker Aliens
Ostertag Greg 7'2'' (218) C 73 2012 Texas L. (D-League)
Pearson Sean 6'6'' (197) F 1999 Kansas C. (USBL)
Pierce Paul 6'7'' (201) F/G 77 2013 Boston C. (NBA)
Pollard Scott 6'11'' (210) F/C 75 2008 Boston C. (NBA)
Randall Mark 6'10'' (207) F 67 1999 Denver N. (NBA)
Rayford Calvin 5'7'' (170) G 73 2002 Zaglebie
Reed Tyrel 6'3'' (190) G 89 2011 Verviers-Pep.
Robertson Ryan 6'5'' (196) G 76 2005 Cholet
Robinson Thomas 6'9'' (205) PF 91 2013 Houston R. (NBA)
Rush Brandon 6'6'' (198) G 85 2012 Golden St.W. (NBA)
Scott Richard A. 6'6'' (198) F 71 2007 Assignia M.
Selby Josh 6'2'' (187) PG 91 2013 Canton C. (D-League)
Simien Wayne 6'9'' (206) F 83 2009 Caceres
Stewart Rodrick 6'4'' (193) G 84 2012 Bundaberg B.
Taylor Tyshawn 6'3'' (190) G 90 2013 Brooklyn N. (NBA)
Thomas Billy 6'5'' (195) G 75 2010 Maine RC (D-League)
Vaughn Jacque 6'1'' (185) G 75 2009 San Antonio S. (NBA)
Walters Rex 6'3'' (191) G 70 2002 Kansas City S. (ABA)
Wilkes Omar 6'4'' (193) G 84 2007 California (NCAA1)
Williams B.J. 6'9'' (206) F 74 2001 Foshan LL
Woodberry Steve 6'3'' (191) G 71 2004 Jamtland
Woolridge Royce 6'3'' (190) PG 92 2013 Washington St. (NCAA1)
Wright Julian 6'8'' (203) F 87 2013 Maccabi Rishon

Steve Reigle 6 years, 12 months ago

Good list, thanks. Note that while Selby shows as D-League, that's a temporary assignment. He's still under an NBA contract with Memphis.

MOSOHAWK 6 years, 12 months ago

Missing big Paul Mokeski who played in NBA from 79 to 91.

MOSOHAWK 6 years, 12 months ago

And Wilt, Darnell and Jo Jo. This clearly is a nice list but does not include ALL former hawks who played pro ball. Is there a start date for this list? I only noticed Paul missing because I played against him in high school as a 6' 1" guard trying to stop the 6'10" sophomore after all our "bigs" fouled out trying to stop him.

Andrew Dunlap 6 years, 12 months ago

it would be nice if you could sort out the NBA players, then the minor league/foreign league players. you can exclude the others

nuleafjhawk 6 years, 12 months ago

Reunited and it feels so good Reunited 'cause we understood There's one perfect fit And, brother, this one is it We both are so excited 'Cause we're reunited, hey, hey

*substituted for "sugar"

Andy Tweedy 6 years, 12 months ago

Can we PLEASE get a youtube link of you belting that out?

Tony Bandle 6 years, 12 months ago

Random Thoughts and Useless Meanderings.

1] Well, the total number of tatoos in Phoenix just jumped 10%. :)

2] Hopefully the Morrii will be able to synergize each other into impact NBA players and Angel only has to commute to one city.

3] I am guessing in the NBA the Twins aren't making any "VCU-like" pregame comments to the opposition.

4] If they had stayed their senior year, just think...maybe nobody ever hears of Jeff Withey!!

5] Now they can change the team name to the "Phoenix Sons"!!

PayHeedAll 6 years, 12 months ago

"Phoenix Sons"--haha love that.

The Suns might be my new NBA team now. Absolutely love this!

texashawk10 6 years, 12 months ago

I'm kinda bummed the Rockets traded away Marcus. I'm glad T-Rob's coming and will get pretty good minutes with Houston also trading Patrick Patterson away, but sometime later this season, the KUAA in Houston is doing a Rockets night against the Kings where the KU alums in Houston could go on the court for pregame shoot around and I really wanted my #22 KU jersey autographed, but that won't happen now so I'm a little bummed out about that one. T-Rob's a good consolation prize though since he was my next door neighbor his freshmen year at KU.

Eric TheCapn 6 years, 12 months ago

Both twins on the floor together for the first time on the Suns. Marcus hits a three! The announcers are very confused.

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