Morris twins to play together in Charlotte? So you're saying there's a chance...


For the past several weeks, I’ve occasionally sat around and tried to dream up a way for Kansas University standouts Marcus and Markieff Morris to remain on the same team in their basketball futures.

It’s been tough.

I’ve kicked around a couple of different scenarios. Some were a serious stretch while others made sense in terms of the way the team would go about landing them both but not necessarily in terms of the draft spots available for it to happen.

Until today, that is.

Just a few minutes ago,’s Chad Ford released his latest mock draft. For those of you who are ESPN Insiders, go check it out. For those who aren’t, sit back and let me explain what I saw.

There, in the No. 9 spot in the draft, Ford predicted that the Charlotte Bobcats — Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats, no less — would pick Marcus Morris.

Of Marcus, Ford had this to say: “The Bobcats haven't been the greatest drafters the past few years. Michael Jordan is determined to change that. The thinking in Charlotte is to not take big risks -- to go with a proven product and swing for a double instead of a home run. Morris, with his versatility, toughness and Kansas pedigree is a very good option. Klay Thompson, Chris Singleton and Jordan Hamilton are all in the mix here as well.”

Stay with me, here’s where it gets good.

At No. 17, Ford has Josh Selby going to the New York Knicks. Now, most days I’d call you crazy if you told me that Selby would go before Markieff in this year’s draft. But there’s enough here for it all to make sense, especially if you, like me, want to hold on to the dream scenario that has the Morris twins playing together in the NBA. Two picks later on Ford’s mock draft, at No. 19, Charlotte comes up again. They got there via a trade with New Orleans and, with the pick, Ford thinks they may take Markieff.

Here’s what Ford’s analysis of this pick says: “A month ago I was in Florida with the Morris twins and big topic of discussion was the inevitability of the two brothers breaking up when they were drafted by different teams. We explored a number of options that could reunite them on the same team. This is really the only plausible one, and it's more plausible than you think. The Bobcats are one of those teams that thinks the twins can play together. If it happens, you'll see two very happy twins on draft night. Brooks, Faried and Reggie Jackson are other names who could land here.”

With just two weeks remaining before this year’s NBA Draft, scenarios like this — and many others that are much crazier — will start to pop up in rapid-fire style.

I’ll weigh back in soon with some of my own, but, for now, this one’s too good not to share.

Think many KU fans would start to pay attention to the Bobcats a little more if this actually happened?

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d_prowess 10 years, 11 months ago

This is great stuff. I am glad that Tait keeps us up to date on the NBA prospects of the Jayhawks.
Imagine the national publicity if they end up on the same team. News groups love those kind of stories!

gchawk 10 years, 11 months ago

Loved the "Dumb and Dumber" reference in your article's title. I do think there's a good chance that the Morris brothers will have successful pro careers, but doubt that they play on the same team.

Jared Grillot 10 years, 11 months ago

Actually, it would be closer to an allusion - an inference is a conclusion that you come to. Or, as Lisa Simpson put it, "You imply, I infer."

dylans 10 years, 11 months ago

Hate the same reference that the VCU coach used in the tourney.

nuleafjhawk 10 years, 11 months ago

You know, it would make a great story for sure. Would it be the best thing for the twins? Beats me. I don't know them personally. I have a set of twin nephews that are 22 years old and things have not always gone smoothly for them. But when they went to college, they went their separate ways and both of them really blossomed. It could be the same way for M & M. It would be interesting to see how well they could do if they didn't have to share the limelight with each other. Either way, I wish them both the best of luck.

Matt Tait 10 years, 11 months ago

All great points... From where I sit, I would consider any NBA team lucky to have these two playing side-by-side. I know it's cliche and a little bit cheesy, but they've got that "twin thing" down so well that they really work well together and could be scary good as a tandem.

I wouldn't hold my breath on this happening, but it's fun to speculate and dream up scenarios that could make it happen.

khekhen 10 years, 11 months ago

your dream scenario is extremely short sighted.

you want to increase their growth as individuals by separating them. that will let them grow as men first and then ball players.

by keeping them together, you're enabling them to continue to rely on each other instead of themselves.

either way, they wont be drafted together.

minipman 10 years, 11 months ago

i actually entered the draft contest the other day with these exact picks.. i had a dream a couple nights ago that the twins would be drafted by the same team.. i tend to get devaju alot.. i think selby goes 17th to the knicks because of his connection with Carmelo.. carmelo wants him there.. and i have a feeling he'll be taken at 17 if still available.. word on the street is that he's tearing it up in individual workouts.. watch out, 3 jayhawks going top 20 possibly top 15.. how good would that look for KU.. selby will be the biggest steal in the draft.. the kid could of gone top 3 out of high school

Jacobpaul81 10 years, 10 months ago

I'd love to see Indianapolis trade up. Dump some dead weight (IE: Ford, Dunleavy, Stephenson & maybe McRoberts) and grab a higher spot in the top 8-12 and grab Marcus. They are projected to grab Markieff at 15th. Without Dunleavy, there's a spot for Marcus alongside Granger and he can play the 4 as well. Markieff would be a much solider 4 for Indiana than Psycho T who isn't exactly a threat to step outside and shoot. T should be sharing duties with Hibbert anyway as opposed to playing alongside him.

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