Ja Morant made his name known in the 2019 NCAA March Madness Tournament after putting up a solid performance for Murray State and defeating the #4 seed. In college, Morant averaged 24.4 PPG which was 8th in DI scoring, but finished 1st in assist with 10.2 APG. The Memphis Grizzlies won the #2 pick out of the lottery and elected to selected Ja Morant. Ever since Ja Morant has stepped foot into the NBA, he has made his name be known by many fans, coaches, and players of the game. Ja Morant is one of the next young talents that will become the face of the NBA for quite some time as his elusiveness and agility is unmatched. I compare Ja Morant to a mix of Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal, as Ja has the athleticism of Westbrook and the fundamentalism of Beal. During Ja’s rookie season, he played 59 games in which he averaged 17.6 PPG, 6.9 APG, and shot 49.1 FG%, as these numbers qualify for a front runner in the rookie of the year running. Shooting just about 50 FG% through 59 games in your rookie season is very consistent and efficient especially just entering the NBA as a 20-year-old. Ja made a true impact for the Memphis Grizzlies during the part of the 2020 season and was looked at as the game changing factor the Memphis was looking for. I think Memphis has a great reliable player for years to come and potentially have a shot at an NBA final with a solid foundation around Morant. Ja Morant is a player like never seen before, as he produces a 44” vertical jump, generating many action filled and exciting plays put on for display by the only and one. In a few years, Ja Morant will be at the forefront of the NBA and will be able to go up against any competitor with a great power in the entire league.
Written by Collin Brooks