17 games into his OKC Thunder career, big man Markieff Morris has struggled to make an impact on both sides of the ball. Should OKC call time on the Morris experiment?
When Markieff Morris signed with the OKC Thunder, his addition was praised by pundits and media personalities across the NBA universe. Morris supposedly increased the Thunder’s ceiling, improving OKC’s bench and providing them with another scorer alongside Dennis Schroder.
17 games in and Morris has made virtually no impact.
The former Washington Wizard is averaging six points and 3.5 rebounds in 14.9 minutes per game while shooting 37.1 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from three. Morris has struggled to acclimatize to his stretch-four role, preferring to play in the dreaded mid-range for the bulk of his offense.
Defensively he has struggled with OKC’s switch heavy scheme, regularly losing defensive assignments and placing pressure on the team to fix his mistakes.
Interestingly, OKC fans have been remarkably silent regarding Morris’ play. Patrick Patterson was the Thunder’s back-up power forward prior to Morris’ arrival and he was slain by the OKC Thunder faithful for his lackadaisical play. By the numbers, 2-Pat is virtually the same player as Morris averaging 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds while shooting 37.6 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from three.
So why isn’t Morris receiving the same amount of criticism?