ESPN’s David Thorpe on Morris: “He’s a home run.”

I won’t bother quoting the article because it’s a must-read in totality, but you can access it here, via the Chronicle.  Just fascinating insight from one of the most respected judges of talent in the industry.

In honesty, Thorpe’s analysis almost awakened the child within me.  He touches on Morris’ versatile skillset and potential to bully opposing small forwards inside.  It’s exciting to consider the possibilities.  We focus so much on vertical leaps and wingspans that sometimes, we just forget about the ‘ballers.’ Dunking from the free throw line is nice, but you don’t want a 6’8 badass with handles and a mean streak trucking down opponents inside?  How do Paul Pierce’s combine numbers stack up against clowns like Trevor Ariza?

Thorpe calls Patterson the steal of last year’s draft and says Morris has the potential to be, for this year, the same.  After seeing PP’s impact on games late last season upon replacing an injured Luis Scola, you just can’t wait for the season to get underway.

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  • Jeby

    Amazing article. Almost enough to make me think Morris could actually be a 3. If he takes Battier’s cerebral approach to defense then I can see it. And after watching interviews with Morris, I love him as a person.
    Still wish they had gone with Singleton or Leonard. Please prove me wrong Marcus..

  • zoabe

    This article actually makes me really excited about morris.

  • I think he should be starting at the 3 next year or get major minutes behind buddinger. I think at this point the rockets need to decide what the want to do with next season. I would rather they play and develop their young guys instead of give minutes to older low potential guys. I would also like to see them  possibly trade scola and move patterson up to the starting lineup. Scola could get you a future 1st and some cap savings. I dont think there is any point is being good enough to win 43 games and no more. 

  • Cuttino M.

    yay…!!!  in Morey we trust.

    guys that are ballers… and ballers that have work-ethic.  i’ll take that over an athlete with all the sexy work-out measurables any day of the week.

  • Mike

    trade scola/? to phoenix for gortat.

  • Steven

    Its nice to get excited by our draft. The problems 1) no summer league to learn offense 2) no 2011-12 season due to the upcoming lockout. My only question is how they will arrange the 2012 NDA draft without the records of the season before?

  • Wtflife

    Giant Lottery? and to Mike I know Phoenix may not have a great personnel decision making history, but if they make that trade then their fans will burn down their stadium.

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