We’ll take a break from our Sixers laments for a moment of hometown pride. Markieff Morris, who grew up here, is helping power the Phoenix Suns to an unexpected playoff spot — they’re just on the outside, but have had more of a winning season than anybody expected — and may be a candidate for the Sixth Man Award.
This season, Morris is averaging career-bests in points (13.6 per game), rebounds (5.9), assists (1.7) and field goal percentage (47.8 percent). His three-point shooting has dropped all the way down to 28.9 percent, but since Morris only takes 1.4 attempts from downtown on a nightly basis, the Suns can live with it. Phoenix is 20-8 this season when Morris scores at least 15 points.
What about his twin brother, Marcus? Sun-N-Gun reports:
This season, Marcus is averaging 10.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while shooting 45 percent from the field. His contribution to the Suns surprisingly successful season has been major, because he is a versatile scorer off the bench. His ability to hit jump shots in important to an offense with point guards based around slashing and driving to the rim. His rebounding has clearly improved and his confidence is far greater than it once was. On a Suns’ team where any one player can almost take over a game on any given night, Marcus is a very useful tool.