Markieff Morris
Markieff Morris
30-Year-Old ForwardF
Los Angeles Lakers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Last season was a tough one for Morris, as he suffered a fairly serious neck injury while with Washington, was traded to and waived by the Pelicans, and then signed with the Thunder once he was medically cleared to play. The result was Morris appearing in just 58 games and posting his fewest points per game (9.4) since his second season in the NBA. He also shot just 33.5 percent from behind the arc after back-to-back seasons shooting over 36 percent. Now, Morris is headed to Detroit, where will have a lot to prove both health and skill-wise. But he should have a good opportunity to do so for a team that is looking to make the playoffs yet again. While Blake Griffin is locked in as the team's starting power forward, Morris should start the season as Griffin's primary backup, and Morris' versatility gives him the ability to play both small forward and the small-ball five. It's also worth noting that Griffin hasn't played a full season since his rookie year, and with the All-Star coming off arthroscopic knee surgery this offseason, Morris may have the opportunity to make some spot starts this year. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Lakers in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

Morris was born in 1989 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Thomasine "Angel" Morris and has four brothers, including twin brother and fellow NBA veteran Marcus Morris. Markieff and Marcus both played college ball at Kansas and were drafted 13th and 14th, respectively, during the 2011 NBA Draft. Markieff is nicknamed "Keef", a moniker given to him by his late grandmother Shirley. Morris is a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys. His favorite charity to work with is Helping Hands For Single Moms. Follow Morris on Twitter (@Keefmorris) and Instagram (@keefmorris11).

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Morris joined his twin brother Marcus as a Kansas recruit for the 2008-09 season. Markieff was the more defensive-oriented twin, but the two combined with Thomas Robinson to give the Jayhawks a premier frontcourt trio for two seasons. As a freshman, Morris started seven games and provided 4.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 15.6 minutes. In three NCAA Tournament games, he averaged 2.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. His role did not change significantly as a sophomore and the 6-foot-10 forward only started two games. He did provide 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds as a key bench piece for a team that was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by Ali Faroukmanesh and Northern Iowa. Morris ascended to the starting lineup as a junior and put up 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He opened the season with three double-doubles in his first four games and had 15 double-doubles on the season. Kansas advanced to the Elite Eight and Morris had 24 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Illinois. He left the Jayhawks with one season of eligibility remaining when he declared for the draft. He was chosen 13th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns.

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FLos Angeles Lakers
August 8, 2020
Morris (coach's decision) didn't see the floor during Saturday's 116-111 loss to the Pacers.
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Morris has been listed as probable heading into the last two games with a hip injury. However, while he earned 18 minutes during Thursday's matchup versus the Rockets, Morris remained on the bench for the entirety of this one despite being cleared to play. His lack of a consistent role makes it difficult to trust Morris in most fantasy formats.
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2018

Morris began the 2018-19 season with the Washington Wizards where he played in 34 games, starting 15 of them. He played 26 minutes a night and took 9.6 shots per game. Morris averaged 11.5 points per contest with Washington, which was what he had averaged the season prior with Washington. On Jan. 3, Morris was diagnosed with transient cervical neuropraxia and sidelined for six weeks. During his absence, he was traded on Feb. 6 to the Pelicans in exchange for Wesley Johnson. Morris was then released the next day. He was cleared to play on Feb. 11 and signed three days later with the OKC Thunder. This led to a slightly different role for the well-traveled Morris. He played in 24 games for OKC, but only started one of them. Morris averaged 6.5 points over 16 minutes a night with the Thunder. During the postseason, Morris came off the bench and averaged 3.8 points and 2.6 boards in 12 minutes per game over five contests. The Thunder would lose to Portland in the first round of the playoffs. Morris enters the off-season as a free agent.

2017

Morris started all 73 games he appeared in during the regular season for the Washington Wizards during the 2017-2018 campaign -- he averaged 11.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest while shooting 48 percent from the field, the second-best mark of his NBA career. He also shot a career-high 36.7 percent from three-point land and 82.0 percent from the charity, a figure that was a career-best for the talented power forward. Morris tallied five double-doubles during the regular season, including a streak of three straight ones to begin January. He tied a career-high with 17 rebounds at Memphis on January 5. Morris appeared in all six playoff games for the Wizards during their First Round clash with the Toronto Raptors and tallied two double-doubles. He averaged 9.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists during that series.

2016

As a member of the Wizards, Morris started and appeared in 76 games, posting averages of 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.2 minutes. Morris shot a career-best 36.2 percent from three-point range. He also notched nine double-doubles and reached the 20-point plateau 14 times. Morris scored in double-figures in 47 of 76 games. His highest-scoring effort of the season came in a Feb. 10 win over the Pacers, when he posted 26 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. In a loss to Chicago on Nov. 12, Morris had 24 points, a season-high 15 rebounds, two assists and three blocks. Against Brooklyn on Dec. 5, Morris notched a season-high four steals. He blocked four shots to go with 22 points and six boards, in a win over Golden State on Feb. 28.

2015

Morris split the season between the Suns and the Wizards, appearing in 64 total games and averaging 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.9 steals. He began the season in Phoenix, where he appeared in 37 games (24 starts). On Feb. 18, Morris was traded to the Wizards in exchange for DeJuan Blair, Kris Humphries and a future first-round pick. Morris went on to appear in 27 contests for Washington, making 21 starts. His season-high tally of 30 points came as a member of the Suns in a Feb. 2 win over Toronto. In a Nov. 23 loss to the Spurs, Morris had 28 points (12-15 FG), eight rebounds, four assists and one steal. After the trade, Morris averaged 12.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 26.4 minutes for the Wizards. In his first start for Washington on Feb. 29, Morris posted 16 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block. In an April 8 loss to Detroit, Morris posted 29 points (10-20 FG) and seven rebounds.

2014

In his fourth NBA season, Morris started all 82 games for the Suns. In 31.5 minutes per game, he averaged career-high marks of 15.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals. Morris shot 46.5 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from three and 76.3 percent at the line. In an Oct. 31 win over the Spurs, Morris posted 20 points and 11 rebounds for his first of 12 double-doubles on the season. Overall, Morris had 65 games of at least 10 points, 19 games where he reached the 20-point mark and three where he scored 30 or more. He had his first career 30-point game in a win over Boston on Nov. 17, finishing with 30 points, seven boards, five assists and four steals. In a win over Cleveland on Jan. 13, Morris topped out with 35 points (15-21 FG), to go with seven rebounds. His season-high of 14 rebounds came in a win over Chicago on Jan. 30. Versus the Magic on Nov. 30, Morris put up 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in 39 minutes -- that would be one of three games where he dished out seven assists. He finished the season ranked 19th in the league in made field goals and 19th in field goal attempts.

2013

Morris appeared in 81 games for Phoenix during the 2013-14 season, although he came off the bench in every one of those appearances. The versatile forward posted averages of 13.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.4 three-pointers made per contest. He shot a career-best 48.6 percent from the floor, including 31.5 percent from three, and 79.2 from the free-throw line. Morris led the league in bench points (1,115) and finished fourth in the voting for Sixth Man of the Year. Morris had 59 double-digit scoring games and led the team in scoring 12 times. In a loss to the Spurs on Nov. 6, Morris went for 23 points and 12 rebounds. Two nights later, in a win over Denver, Morris posted a season-high 28 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two assists. Morris registered 11 total double-doubles for the season. In a Jan. 26 win over the Cavs, Morris pulled down a season-high 15 rebounds, to go with 27 points, two assists and one block. He hit a season-high three three-pointers in a Mar. 23 win over the Timberwolves. Morris finished that game with 25 points and eight rebounds.

2012

In his second NBA season, Morris appeared in all 82 games, with 32 starts, and averaged 22.4 minutes per contest. The Kansas product generated 8.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 steals per contest. He hit 40.7 percent of his field goals, while shooting 33.6 percent on his 1.6 three-point attempts per game. Morris reached double-figures in scoring 29 times. In a win over Portland on Nov. 21, Morris had 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting, to go with seven rebounds and one assist. Two nights later, he notched a career-high 23 points in a win over New Orleans. Versus Dallas on Dec. 6, Morris had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. In a loss at Minnesota on Apr. 13, Morris tallied 20 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block. Two nights later during a home win over the Rockets, Morris posted 20 points, seven rebounds, five steals and six blocks, becoming the first player to record such a stat line since Antonio McDyess in 1998.

2011

In a lockout-shortened rookie season, Morris appeared in 63 of 66 games for Phoenix and made seven starts. In 19.5 minutes per contest, Morris posted per game averages of 7.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.0 assist. The 13th overall pick from the 2011 Draft reached double-figures in scoring 22 times -- the most by a Suns rookie since Leandro Barbosa (2003-04). In his NBA debut on Dec. 26, Morris played 25 minutes and finished with seven points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. In his eighth career game, Morris posted his first career double-double, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds in home win over the Bucks. Against Golden State on Jan. 2, Morris had 16 points, nine rebounds and two assists. In a loss to Denver on Feb. 14, Morris had 21 points, six rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Later in February, he was named to the Rising Stars roster at All-Star Weekend in Orlando. Morris finished with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in 16 minutes off the bench for Team Shaq. On Mar. 25, Morris posted a season-high 22 points (9-12 FG) in a win over the Cavaliers.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2011
    Drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 1st round (13th pick) of the 2011 NBA Draft.
  • December 1, 2011
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Phoenix Suns.
  • September 29, 2014
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Phoenix Suns.
  • February 18, 2016
    Traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Washington Wizards for DeJuan Blair, Kris Humphries and a 2016 top-9 protected 1st round draft pick.
  • February 7, 2019
    Traded by the Washington Wizards with cash and a 2023 2nd round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for Wesley Johnson.
  • February 7, 2019
    Released by the Pelicans.
  • February 20, 2019
    Signed a contract for the rest of the season with the Oklahoma City Thunder
  • July 6, 2019
    Signed as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons.
  • February 21, 2020
    Reached a buyout agreement with the Pistons.
  • February 21, 2020
    Signed with the Lakers as a free agent.
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Morris had another steady season in Washington this past year, starting all 73 games he played in. His overall numbers dipped a bit, though, averaging 11.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.8 steals across 27.0 minutes. That was down from 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.2 minutes during the 2016-17 campaign. However, his three-point shooting (1.0 3PM) remained a strong suit and he was able to convert on over 36 percent of his deep balls for a second straight season. He also finished with a 48 percent clip from the field and knocked down 82 percent of his free throws, giving Morris strong overall percentages. Heading into 2018-19, Morris likely remains the fourth option offensively, as John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter all return once again. The Wizards did replace last year's starting center, Marcin Gortat, with Dwight Howard, who has averaged 12.7 rebounds throughout his 14-year career. As a result, Morris' rebound numbers could take a hit once again and he likely won't be utilized as much as a small-ball center. With less boards available and yet another big man absorbing touches, Morris' value should take a slight hit. That said, his reliable percentages and ability to hit three-pointers still puts him in consideration for the later rounds of Fantasy drafts.
Morris, during his first full season with the Wizards, built on his already solid foundation as a nice mid-tier power forward option. Notably, he became a sharper three-point shooter, making a career-high 36.2 percent of his looks from long range on 2.6 attempts per contest. Overall, on the year, he averaged 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals across 31.2 minutes per appearance while shooting 45.7 percent from the field. While he’s the third or fourth option in the Washington offense (behind John Wall, Bradley Beal and possibly Otto Porter), limiting his ceiling, having a great passing point guard in Wall ensures Morris usually gets a respectable amount of touches. That, combined with his solid workload, gives him a relatively high floor. The 28-year-old can put together a big game here and there, however. Last season, he put up 14 games with at least 20 points and 10 games with at least 10 rebounds. With all that in mind, Morris should be considered in the mid-to-late rounds of most Fantasy drafts. Reaching for him earlier than that should probably only be done to avoid a player with a much lower floor.
Following the trade of his twin brother Marcus to the Pistons last July, the combustible Morris didn’t shy away from making it known that he wanted out of Phoenix. Despite his two-way talent and relatively affordable four-year, $32 million contract, the Suns were similarly motivated to move Morris, but couldn’t find an offer they liked in the offseason, an understandable scenario given the forward’s off-court baggage. Morris eventually backed away from his trade demands and joined the Suns for training camp, but it didn’t take long for him to stir up trouble. Through the first few months of the season, Morris saw his role in then-coach Jeff Hornacek’s rotation decline, and even failed to see the court during a four-game stretch despite being healthy. Morris’ contentious relationship with Hornacek came to a head in a Dec. 23 contest, when he threw a towel at the coach in frustration after being subbed out of the game. After serving a two-game suspension, Morris and Hornacek were able to publicly patch up their differences, but it was no secret the Suns were still motivated to trade the forward following yet another instance of insubordinate behavior. Perhaps as a means of showcasing him to other teams, the Suns reinserted Morris into the starting lineup for five games prior to the All-Star break, and he responded with his best production of the season, averaging 20.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steal in 34.9 minutes per game. That strong stretch of play finally allowed the Suns to find a trade partner, with the 27-year-old being sent to the Wizards on Feb. 18 in exchange for a protected first-round pick. Morris would go on to appear in 27 games with the Wizards, starting 21 of them and averaging 12.4 points, 5.9 boards and 1.4 assists while shooting 46.7 percent from the field. Now a member of an organization that seems committed to him as their starting power forward, Morris should be in for a relatively drama-free campaign, but from a fantasy perspective, his value probably takes a hit in Washington, where he’ll often rank as a fourth or fifth option on the offensive end while sharing the court with John Wall, Bradley Beal, Marcin Gortat and Otto Porter.
After an encouraging 2013-14 campaign in which he posted career-highs across the board, Morris took his game to a new level last season, averaging 15.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 32 minutes per game while shooting 47 percent from the floor. Morris started all 82 games for the first time in his career, though he's been one of the league's more durable players since entering the league in 2011, as he's missed only one game over the last three seasons. At 6-10, Morris has the size to bully smaller defenders inside, but he showed an increased desire to operate in the mid-range and perimeter last season. Per Basketball-Reference, more than 60 percent of Morris' field goal attempts came from beyond 10 feet, with a career-high 25 percent coming from the mid-range. As a result, Morris got to the line less frequently, attempting 2.8 free throws per game, down from 4.0 per game in 2013-14. His percentage also took a slight dip, sinking from 79 percent in 2013-14 to 76 percent last season. As of late-August, Morris remains a member of the Suns, but there's a good chance that could change. Extremely displeased by the organization's decision to trade his twin brother Marcus to Detroit this offseason, Morris lashed out at the organization, expressing his desire to be moved before the start of the season. Morris told reporters that he will show up for training camp, but he insisted that he's "going to be out" before the season gets underway. Whether the Suns will comply with Morris' demands remains to be seen, but if they opt to keep Morris around, the situation figures to become even more tumultuous.
Morris is entering his fourth season in the NBA, all of which have been with the Suns. In 2013-14, Morris enjoyed a career season, averaging 13.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, and 0.8 steals in 23 minutes per game. He shot 49 percent from the field on 10.4 shots, 32 percent from three on 1.3 shots, and 79 percent from the free-throw line on 4.0 shots per game. With a starting gig all but guaranteed, Morris is a sure bet to continue seeing similar playing time this season. He averages solid points totals and chips in decent rebounding numbers but does little else to warrant fantasy consideration. Without Channing Frye on the roster, it's possible that Morris sees a slight increase in minutes and with it an increase in scoring and rebounding. The more likely scenario is that he maintains his role, with Anthony Tolliver, T.J. Warren, and others absorbing Frye's minutes. It remains to be seen whether Morris can replicate last season's production, but he's one of the more versatile, high-upside wing options in 2014-15.
Morris showed modest statistical improvement last season, mostly a result of a slight increase in playing time. He stretched the floor as a 6-10 forward and managed to make better than 33 percent of his threes for a second straight season. A sagging field goal percentage and lack of shot-blocking ability saps his value.
Morris seems to have a skillet that can help most NBA teams. He can shoot, defend and rebound at a high level. For whatever reason he did not get much playing time this year, and with the addition of Scola, it's likely that he just got bumped from bench player to bench warmer.
Morris is an intriguing rookie coming out of Kansas. He has legitimate size for a power forward (6’10, 245), and could even see some minutes at center. He was a monster on the glass at Kansas, and has legitimate three-point range. If both Lopez and Warrick continue to underwhelm, Morris could find himself some playing time and is a talented enough big to have fantasy value.
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Available Saturday
FLos Angeles Lakers
August 8, 2020
Morris (hip) is available for Saturday's contest against the Pacers, Melissa Rohlin of Sports Illustrated reports.
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Likely available Saturday
FLos Angeles Lakers
Hip
August 7, 2020
Morris (hip) is probable for Saturday's contest against the Pacers.
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Probable vs. Houston
FLos Angeles Lakers
August 6, 2020
Morris is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Rockets due to a left hip bruise, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.
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Won't play in first scrimmage
FLos Angeles Lakers
Coach's Decision
July 23, 2020
Morris (coach's decision) will not participate in the Lakers' opening scrimmage Thursday against the Mavericks, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.
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Clears quarantine, can practice
FLos Angeles Lakers
July 23, 2020
Morris has cleared his quarantine period in Orlando and can rejoin team activities, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports. He'sunlikely to play in Thursday's scrimmage against the Mavericks.
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