Anthony Morrow (@blackboipachino) might be the biggest winner in the 4-team trade that just went down.
This kid is wet. Pacific Ocean wet. I had a chance to catch one of his pre-season games last year and he absolutely light it up. In fact, Morrow ran through the pre-season like it was shooting practice (stats) and he was the only one there. Just to give you a taste; 22 points per game, on 57.95 shooting (51.9% from three!!!).
Then Don Nelson happened. Morrow played 29 minutes a game last year, but that’s not the whole story. Those minutes were erratic, sometimes playing a 40+ sometimes seeing under 20. Don Nelson, everybody. Morrow managed to score 13 per contest (up from the year before) and improved many of his stats accross the board. The one that stands out is his 3-point %. As a rookie he lead the league in 3-pt% (46.7%) and last year he wasn’t that far off (45.6%). Sure, it dropped a little but forty five percent! Most guys can’t hit that from 2-point range. His TS% and eFG%’s were up also (59.7% and 56.8%, respectively)
Morrow can flat out shoot the rock. He is a hybrid of Ray Allen and Durant. Although he is closer to Ray Allen’s size, he is as silky smooth as KD. But a perfect basketball body and jumper aren’t always enough. He needs to improve that defense. Some say that’s the reason he wasn’t getting consistent minutes. Others think its the fact that he only shoots jumpers. (85% of his shots were jumpers, according to 82games.com) Getting to the free throw line is something else he needs to work on and that comes from being more aggressive and not settling for the long ball.
New Jersey presents him with the perfect opportunity. Courtney Lee and CDR are gone, NJ is about to move to the Big Apple, Morrow is playing for a mega-billionaire, NJ is a young team looking for a #2 or maybe even a #1 scorer to go with Brook Lopez and he has the pleasure of receiving kick-outs from a doubled Lopez (as pointed out on twitter by Sebastian Pruitii).
@Jose3030 thinks Morrow should be good for 20+ next season and I don’t see why not. Sure he will be playing in a much slower offense. But Avery Johnson is a great coach and NJ needs a scorer to take the pressure off Brook and help put up points.
The future looks bright for both NJ and Anthony Morrow.