News: After a brief, failed experiment as a starter, Suns forward Marcus Morris has been back on the bench recently. Morris has appeared in just four of the last six games the team has played, coming off the bench in each contest. Morris played eight minutes Thursday against the Kings, scoring five points on 2 of 4 shooting in a 117-103 loss.
Analysis: Morris has scored just eight combined points over his last five appearances, and has clearly not fit in well since the trade from Houston. Morris is averaging 6.7 points per game in 16 appearance since joining the Suns. Morris is still just 23, so there is time for him to turn things around down the road. For now, he can be safely ignored in all Fantasy formats.
News: Suns forward Marcus Morris was not much of a factor during Saturday's contest against the Wizards. Morris, who earned his sixth straight start at forward, failed to score in the 127-105 defeat. He missed on both of his field-goal attempts and did not stat in any other area of the box score.
Analysis: Morris was thrown into the starting lineup a few games back along with his brother, but he has failed to make the kind of impact Fantasy owners and the Suns were hoping for. The 23-year-old is averaging just 7.6 points and 2.6 rebounds since the lineup switch occurred and he is shooting 38 percent from the field over that span. While he does still have some upside, Morris should not be active in the majority of formats at this point in the season.
News: With the Suns big man rotation beset by injuries, newly-acquired forward Marcus Morris was in the starting lineup for the first time Friday against the Kings. Morris played 28 minutes in the game, scoring 12 points on 5 of 10 shooting, with one three-pointer. Morris had five rebounds in the game, with four of them coming on the offensive glass. He added two assists and turned the ball over twice in a 121-112 loss.
Analysis: Morris has appeared in seven games for the Suns, and already seems to be more comfortable in their offense. He is shooting 50.0 percent from the field and averaging 9.3 points per game, up from 8.6 with Houston before the trade. Morris becomes an intriguing Fantasy option if he is going to start and play 25-plus minutes per game, so owners should see how the Suns use him in the coming days.
News: Suns forward Marcus Morris played well in limited minutes Friday, in his first game since being traded from the Rockets. Morris scored seven points in just seven minutes, while shooting 2 of 3 from the field, with one three-pointer. He added two steals and two rebounds, in a 113-88 loss.
Analysis: Morris played a very limited role in the game, so it was hard to say how he fit in. We will learn more about Morris role moving forward, as the Suns attempt to integrate him more. Morris is averaging 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game on the season, and remains just a low-end Fantasy option in all formats
News: Yahoo.com reported Wednesday that the Rockets have agreed to a trade sending forward Marcus Morris to the Suns in exchange for a future second-round pick. This report confirms earlier rumors that indicated that Morris was on the verge of being trade. This trade reunites Morris with his twin brother Markieff Morris, who was selected one spot ahead of him in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Analysis: Morris was having a decent second season, after barely seeing the floor as a rookie. He is averaging 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, however he moves to a more crowded situation in Phoenix, so he might see fewer than the 21.4 minutes per game he was averaging with Houston. There might be more moves coming leading up to the trade deadline Thursday, but it looks like Morris will likely not be worth owning in most Fantasy formats moving forward.
News: Houston power forward Marcus Morris was inactive for Wednesday's game against Oklahoma City, reports the Houston Chronicle. ESPN reports the team has decided to trade him but hasn't finalized a deal.
Analysis: Morris had scored in double figures in his last two games before the All-Star break and was averaging 1.4 3-pointers per game over his previous five contests with 3.8 rebounds and 7.6 points before sitting out Wednesday's second-half opener. It sounds like he is about to be traded and could gain value depending on where he lands. Stay tuned. He's been a low-end option to this point.
News: Rockets forward Marcus Morris was ejected from Tuesday's contest against the Warriors. Morris got tangled up with Warriors forward Draymond Green late in the fourth quarter of the 140-109 win and both players were hit with technical fouls, which resulted in an ejection. Morris finished with 13 points, four rebounds and one block prior to being kicked out.
Analysis: Morris and Green could face a fine for their actions, but both players likely won't be suspended. However, Stu Jackson has handed down harsh penalties for a lot less, so owners should keep an eye on the situation moving forward. Morris has struggled with his consistency over the past few weeks and is averaging 7.8 points and 4.4 assists on 39 percent shooting from the field over that span. He continues to see around 20 minutes per game as Patrick Patterson's main backup and can be considered a viable low-end option in deeper formats moving forward.
News: After being held to just five points his last time out, Rockets forward Marcus Morris continued to struggle Saturday night against the Bobcats. Morris logged 19 minutes of game action and missed both of his shots taken on the night. He was held scoreless with two rebounds in a 109-95 victory.
Analysis: Morris has endured a rough stretch of games as of late and is only averaging 6.8 points over his last five games. He has shot 37.5 percent (12 of 32) over that five-game span as well, which is far below his 43.1-percent average this season. Still, after barely making an impact his rookie year, the 23-year-old is enjoying a more productive campaign and should be viewed as a low-end Fantasy option heading into Week 15 (Feb. 4-10).
News: With Patrick Patterson struggling early, Rockets forward Marcus Morris got a chance to play a bigger role Monday against the Bobcats. Morris took advantage of his chance, scoring 21 points in 33 minutes, while shooting 7 of 12 from the field. He added three three-pointers and eight rebounds. Patterson also added two assists and two blocks, in a 100-94 win.
Analysis: Morris was a non-factor as a rookie, but is having a very solid campaign so far as a sophomore. His role has not been consistent, but his play has remained solid; he is averaging 8.8 points per game on 43.4 percent shooting. He has improved his three-point shooting in a major way, helping him fit into Houstons offensive scheme. He is shooting 36.9 percent from the field on 3.5 attempts per game. We will see if he usurps Patterson in the rotation, however he remains more of a low-end Fantasy option at this time.
News: rockets forward Marcus Morris not in the starting lineup for the first time in 16 games during Monday's contest against the Clippers. Morris, who was starting in place of the injured Patrick Patterson, finished with 12 points and eight rebounds in the 117-109 defeat. He made four of his nine field-goal attempts, including three 3-pointers while logging 25 minutes off the bench.
Analysis: Morris did a nice job while filling in for Morris as he averaged 10.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting 45 percent from the field as a starter. However, he had failed to score in double digits in each of his previous four games and with the Rockets losing three of those contests, coach Kevin McHale decided to make a change. Morris averaged 7.7 points and 4.1 boards as a reserve this season and while he is making 37 percent of his shots from behind the arc, Fantasy owners should consider the 23-year-old more of a reserve option in deeper formats moving forward.
News: Houston power forward Marcus Morris played 20 minutes on Tuesday night during a win over the Lakers. Morris scored nine points in the game on 4 for 8 shooting. He grabbed just two rebounds, however, and added one steal and one assist in the game. Morris missed his only 3-point attempt.
Analysis: Morris did not play all that well on Tuesday, despite the Rockets winning the game. The team was minus-9 with him in there. He's scored in double figures just once in his last four games and isn't rebounding all that well, either. Morris hits some 3-pointers, but is merely a low-end Fantasy option at this time.
News: Houston power forward Marcus Morris had a nice game Monday in a win over Atlanta. Morris scored 15 points in the game over 26 minutes as a starter. He missed just three shots and only one from 3-point range as he went 3 for 4 from deep and 6 of 9 overall. Morris grabbed three rebounds and added three assists and a steal.
Analysis: Morris scored 24 points on Saturday against the Thunder and has really been playing at a higher level of late. Averaging under 10 PPG on the year, Morris is at 12.8 per game over his last five. That comes with 4.0 rebounds and two 3-pointers per night. Morris is playing well enough to see usage in deeper Fantasy formats right now.
News: Rockets forward Marcus Morris scored in double figures for the fifth straight contest during Houston's 120-97 win over the Bulls. Morris finished with 10 points in the victory on 3 of 9 shooting from the field. He also added five rebounds, one assist and one steal to his stat line while logging 28 minutes of game action.
Analysis: While Morris did not have a great game Tuesday night, the second-year forward from Kansas has been playing well for the Rockets of late. He is averaging 14.4 points and 4.0 rebounds over his last five contests on 56 percent shooting from the field as he continues to earn starts at power forward in place of Patrick Patterson. While he can be a bit streaky, Morris is worth using in deeper formats while he continues to see starters minutes for Houston.
News: Houston power forward Marcus Morris scored 13 points out of the starting lineup Monday night in a win at New York. The Rockets were dominant in the win as Morris saw 29 minutes and went 4 of 7 from the field. Morris hit two 3-pointers and grabbed three rebounds as the starting power forward.
Analysis: Morris is seeing starting minutes with Patrick Patterson sitting out injured. Patterson is out indefinitely so Morris will continue to see added run. The 23-year-old has scored in double figures in three of his last five games but is still susceptible to underwhelming efforts when his shots aren't falling. Until his minutes go away, however, Morris has become a viable Fantasy option in deeper formats.
News: Houston power forward Marcus Morris played 25 minutes in the overtime loss to the Spurs Monday. Morris scored 13 points for the Rockets as he went 4 of 6 from the field and 2 of 3 from 3-point range. The power forward added six rebounds and three steals in the performance.
Analysis: Morris had scored three points in his previous three games and was inactive on Saturday against Dallas. He's not expected to contribute as he did Monday consistently and therefore has only low-end Fantasy value.
News: Rockets forward Marcus Morris had a scary moment in Fridays game against the Knicks, after he took a shot to the throat while battling with Carmelo Anthony for a rebound in the first half. Morris took an inadvertent elbow and then tried to run back up the floor, before collapsing to the ground near Houstons basket. Morris was able to get up on his own after being down for a few minutes, and was able to return to the game after going to the locker room. He played 17 minutes in the game, scoring four points on 2 of 7 shooting. He added four rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a 131-103 win.
Analysis: After barely playing as a rookie, Morris has seen a significant increase in his role, so it is good to see that he seems to have avoided any serious injuries. He has already surpassed his rookie season total in points and minutes played, and is averaging 9.3 points per game. He may end up emerging a viable Fantasy option this season, so owners should consider scooping him off the waiver-wire in deeper formats.
News: Houston power forward Marcus Morris had a nice night Wednesday in a win over New Orleans. Morris scored 13 points and blocked three shots over 25 minutes on the floor. He shot 5 of 9 from the field and hit three 3-pointers in five attempts.
Analysis: Morris is now averaging close to 10 points per game this season to go with five rebounds and a 3-pointer per contest. He sees less than 20 minutes per night but has still contributed nicely in a few different areas. Morris might be a worthy Fantasy option in the deeper formats right now.
News: Rockets forward Marcus Morris bounced back from a weak performance during the season opener and dropped 17 points and five rebounds against the Hawks Friday night. Morris, who came off the bench, shot 8 of 14 from the field, including 1 of 6 from downtown in a 109-102 defeat.
Analysis: Morris seemed to play well off the bench instead of his role as a starter during the season opener. The Rockets have four rookies on the team and Morris has the ability to bring some experience to the table. That said, he has 23 points and 12 rebounds through his first two games but should not be considered as a worthwhile option moving forward.
News: Rockets forward Marcus Morris received the start on opening night against the Pistons Wednesday, in place of Patrick Patterson who was sidelined with a quad injury. Morris played through his own ankle issue and finished with just six points in 26 minutes, on 3 of 10 shooting. He missed both of his attempts from three-point range, while adding seven rebounds and an assist in a 105-96 win.
Analysis: Morris struggled mightily in his rookie season, and it was a bit of a surprise to see the Rockets lean so heavily on him. They are a young team with four rookies on the bench, so Morris actually brings some NBA experience to the table. Patterson is expected back soon, so dont plan on picking up Morris in any Fantasy formats.
News: Rockets forward Marcus Morris was limited by an ankle injury during the preseason, but he has put that behind him with the beginning of the season looming. Another injury looks like it may provide him the opportunity to start his first NBA game, as Patrick Patterson is out for Wednesdays season opener against the Pistons. Morris looks to be the favorite to get the start for the Rockets at power forward.
Analysis: Morris first season in the NBA was barely noteworthy, as he appeared in just 17 games, averaging 2.4 points per game. However, he is just one year removed from being a lottery pick in the draft, so the potential for more is clearly there. He may struggle to find much room to operate in a deep, young frontcourt in Houston, though. It will be interesting to see what kind of role he carves out as a starter, and whether he can find some success there. Morris is possibly worth watching in deeper Fantasy leagues, but dont go putting a waiver-wire claim on him just yet.
News: The Houston Chronicle reported Monday that Rockets forward Marcus Morris, who suffered a strained right ankle last week, could be ready to play by next week. He was really good when he was there, really had a big September, coach Kevin McHale said. He came in, worked hard, really got in great shape. I feel bad for him. I think hell get a chance. A lot of guys are going to get a chance the way were constituted. I wish he was playing, because he was playing really well. Its hard when you dont play."
Analysis: Morris averaged 2.4 points with 0.9 rebounds in 17 games during his rookie campaign. He is far from becoming a viable option in Fantasy at this point so continue to ignore the 23-year-old in the majority of formats.
News: Rockets forward Marcus Morris was cited with misdemeanor battery on Sunday, reports the Lawrence Journal-World. According to the report, Morris was involved in a physical dispute with a bouncer at a night club and was given a notice to appear in court on March 20.
Analysis: Morris was just recalled by the Rockets, so the timing of this incident couldn't be worse for the rookie. While he likely is looking at just a fine, owners should keep an eye on how the situation plays out over the next few months. Morris should only be owned in deeper keeper formats at this point in the season.
News: The Rockets have recalled forward Marcus Morris from the NBA Development League on Monday. Morris averaged 20.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in 11 games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Analysis: Morris has totaled just five points during the three games he appeared in for the Rockets, but is hoping to make a bigger impact this time around. However, Fantasy owners should leave him reserved until he proves he can produce at this level.
News: The Rockets sent F Marcus Morris to the NBA Developmental League on Friday, according to the Houston Chronicle. Morris has practiced just once in the past three weeks as he has dealt with a sprained ankle.
Analysis: Morris has hoping to stay with the Rockets, but instead will get time to heal his injury outside of the NBA. The 22-year-old rookie has appeared in three games with Houston and netted five total points. Fantasy owners should continue to leave him untouched in all formats.
News: The Houston Chronicle reports Saturday that Rockets rookie Marcus Morris did suffer a sprain to his ankle. Morris will be evaluated in a week or two. Morris suffered the injury on Thursday.
Analysis: The Rockets clearly are in no rush to evaluate Morris, so we doubt they need him on the court. Morris was sent to the D-League earlier in the season and has little Fantasy value at the moment.
News: The Houston Chronicle reports the Rockets have sent PF Marcus Morris to the NBA D-League on Tuesday. Morris is joining the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and will exclusively play small forward.
Analysis: Morris has a lot of work to do before he shows up on Fantasy radars. For now, Fantasy owners can ignore the former Kansas standout in all formats.
News: Houston rookie F Marcus Morris, who struggled and scored just one point in his preseason debut, dropped 20 in 22 minutes in Wednesdays preseason finale. He shot seven of 14 from the field, including one of five from three while adding three assists and three rebounds in the 95-97 loss.
Analysis: Morris certainly made up for his weak debut and showed what hes capable of in his first year. Morris put up 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds in 38 games with Kansas during the 2010-11 season. While he won't be posting numbers like that for the Rockets -- at least right away -- Morris could chip in off the bench once the season begins, as he showed tonight. For now, Fantasy owners should not plan on taking him on Draft Day, but he's definitely a rookie to keep an eye on.
News: Houston rookie forward Marcus Morris struggled in his first preseason game on Saturday night against San Antonio. He missed all three of his buckets in 23 minutes on the court. He did hit one foul shot though, so he wasn't skunked in the scoring category. Morris added four boards and two assists for the Rockets. Houston won the game, 101-87.
Analysis: Morris 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds in 38 games with Kansas during the 2010-11 season. While he won't be posting numbers like that for the Rockets -- at least right away -- Morris could chip in off the bench once the season begins. For now, Fantasy owners should not plan on taking him on Draft Day, but he's definitely a rookie to keep an eye on.
News: Houston signed first-round draft pick F Marcus Morris on Monday. Morris joined the team's practice as soon as the deal was approved.
Analysis: Morris was named the Big 12 player of the year after averaging 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds in 38 games with Kansas during the 2010-11 season. He has an opportunity to play right away for the Rockets, especially if they move Luis Scola. For now, he should only be considered a worthwhile option in the early rounds of rookie-only Fantasy drafts.
News: The Rockets selected Kansas forward Marcus Morris with the 14th pick in the NBA draft Thursday night. The 6-foot-9 Morris was drafted immediately after his twin older brother, Markieff, was taken by Phoenix at No. 13. Marcus Morris was named the Big 12 player of the year after averaging 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds in 38 games for the Jayhawks in the 2010-11 season. The Rockets missed the playoffs and ended up with the 14th overall pick for the second straight season. Houston also has the 23rd and 38th overall picks in the draft. With Morris, Houston added some size with the future of Yao Ming in doubt. The top overall pick in 2002, the 7-foot-6 Yao has been plagued with foot and leg injuries in recent years, and played in only five games in the past two seasons. The 235-pound Morris says he's open to slimming down and moving to a small forward spot, if that's what the Rockets need from him. "I think I can just get in there and fit wherever they want me to play," Morris said.
Analysis: Morris has the chance to play right away for the Rockets, but his role will be undefined. He's small for a power forward, where the Rockets already have Luis Scola. And he's not a true small forward. Still, he has talent, and Houston will look to get him on the floor. Plan on drafting Morris with a late-round pick in standard leagues, a mid- to late-round pick in dynasty/keeper formats and an early-round pick in rookie-only leagues.