Monte Morris
Monte Morris
25-Year-Old GuardG
Denver Nuggets
Out
Injury Hamstring
Est. Return 4/24/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Morris' numbers fell off slightly last season from where they sat in his first full season the year prior, but the 2017 51st-overall pick generally did enough to prove that his breakout as a solid rotation option was legitimate. His minutes per game slipped from 24.0 to 22.4 while his points dropped from 10.4 to 9.0 and his rebounds fell from 2.4 to 1.9. His assists, meanwhile, remained quite stable, falling by the smallest of margins from 3.6 to 3.5 despite the drop in minutes. On the whole, it's hard to call the campaign a particularly disappointing one for the backup point guard, though there could conceivably be reason to worry if his shooting takes another step backwards next season. His percentage from beyond the arc dipped from 41.4 percent to a still-solid 37.8 percent, while his shooting from two-point range fell from 53.1 percent to 49.5 percent. His free-throw percentage actually increased somewhat, however, going from 80.2 percent to 84.3 percent, indicating that he hadn't in fact lost his shooting touch. He was a perfectly serviceable bench option for Denver last season, albeit a generally unexciting one, though there's room for him to be something slightly more if his shooting rebounds. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $27 million contract extension with the Nuggets in December of 2020.
Personal Bio

Monte Morris was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His mother, Latonia, nicknamed him "Man-Man" when he was born. Morris grew up in Flint, Michigan attending Flint Beecher High School. He was a three time all-state selection and was thrice named winner of Michigan's Associated Press Class C Player of the Year Award. Morris won Michigan's Mr. Basketball award in 2013. The guard was then a liberal studies major at Iowa State. You can follow Morris on both Twitter and Instagram (@BigGameTae).

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Morris began his collegiate career coming off the bench for Iowa State. He played significant minutes as a reserve in support of senior DeAndre Kane, but he did not get a starting nod from coach Fred Hoiberg until Feb. 1. The Cyclones won seven of their next eight games and Morris never came off the bench again. Over his freshman season, he averaged 6.8 points and 3.7 assists. As a starter as a sophomore, the 6-2 Flint, Michigan native improved his numbers to 11.9 points and 5.2 assists. He put up his first double-double with 11 points and 10 assists in a win over Kansas. For the second straight season, Morris helped the Cyclones win the Big 12 Tournament. As a junior, Morris led the Big 12 with 6.9 assists to go along with 13.8 points and 1.8 steals. He had five double-doubles, including 20 points and 11 assists in a loss to Baylor. The sure-handed Morris broke his own NCAA assist:turnover ratio record as a senior with a mark of 5.21. He led the Cyclones to the Big Dance for the fourth straight season by averaging 16.4 points and 6.2 assists. Morris left school after four seasons as the Cyclones' career assists leader and third overall in the Big 12. He was selected in the second round (51st pick overall) by the Denver Nuggets in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Expected to be out 'a little while'
GDenver Nuggets
Hamstring
April 19, 2021
Coach Mike Malone said Monday that he doesn't believe Morris (hamstring) will be back for "a little while," Harrison Wind of TheDNVR.com reports.
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There's no clear timetable for Morris, who missed 11 games from March to early April due to a similar injury. Fantasy managers should prepare for the possibility that Morris could be sidelined for a number of games. Facundo Campazzo should see an uptick in minutes with Morris out and Jamal Murray (knee) done for the season.
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2019

Morris again served a valuable bench role for the Nuggets in the 2019-20 season, his second full year in the NBA (and third overall). He appeared in all 73 regular-season games during the pandemic-shortened campaign, starting 12 times and posting 9.0 points per game along with 3.5 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 0.8. The Iowa State product remained an effective shooter from all over, posting a 45.9 field-goal percentage alongside a 37.8 three-point percentage while making a career-best 84.3 percent of his free throws. He contributed double-digit scoring on 32 occasions, twice scoring a season-high 19. The first of those came Feb. 2 against Detroit, when Morris shot 8-of-15 while adding seven assists, seven rebounds and a steal. Months later, in the Orlando bubble, he shot 8-of-13 en route to another 19-point game with four assists, two boards and a steal. He picked up a season-high eight assists on three occasions. Morris retained the same role for the Nuggets' 19-game playoff run, starting four times but otherwise serving as a frequently used reserve. In the opening game of the first round against Utah, he scored 14 points off the bench, adding four assists, three rebounds, a steal and a block. Morris scored 14 off the bench again in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Lakers. Overall, he averaged 9.1 points on 49.6 percent shooting along with 2.7 assists per game during the playoffs.

2018

After playing in just three NBA games as a rookie, Morris turned many heads during his second year in the league. Serving primarily as Denver's backup point guard, the former second-round pick appeared in all 82 regular-season games and notched 24.0 minutes of playing time per contest. Morris contributed in multiple areas, posting per-game averages of 10.4 points, 3.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds. He was an efficient shooter by all measures, making 80.2 percent of his free throws, 49.3 percent of his field goal attempts and a team-leading 41.4 percent of his shots from behind the arc (minimum eight attempts). Morris also displayed elite ball-handling skills, ranking second in the NBA with a 5.7 assist-to-turnover ratio (minimum 10 assists). For good measure, the 6-foot-2 guard consistently played hard-nosed defense and averaged 1.3 steals per 36 minutes. Morris' skills were on full display over a torrid stretch in December during which he racked up nine straight double-digit scoring efforts, averaging 14.1 points, 4.6 assists and 1.8 steals while making 19-of-36 three-point attempts. He played a season-high 41 minutes in a starting role during a win over Minnesota on Feb. 2 and collected the first double-double of his NBA career, racking up 17 points and 10 assists along with seven boards. Though Morris' playing time dipped in the postseason, he chipped in 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 14 games. He was a key contributor during Denver's first-round playoff series victory over San Antonio, reaching double digits in scoring in four of seven games.

2017

Morris was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. The 51st overall selection that year, Morris signed a two-way contract with the franchise. The Iowa State product appeared in three games for the Nuggets off the bench. Morris set career highs across the board in a game at the Houston Rockets on Feb. 9. Playing 22 minutes, Morris collected 10 points, two rebounds, six assists and three steals. Morris shot 4-for-5 from the floor and was a perfect 2-of-2 from the charity stripe in that contest.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the 2nd round (51st pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 21, 2017
    Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Denver Nuggets
  • July 25, 2018
    Signed a three-year contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets
  • December 8, 2020
    Signed a three-year, $27 million contract extension with the Nuggets.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Morris took a huge leap in playing time in his second year in the league. He appeared in only three NBA games as a rookie in 2017-18, playing on a two-way contract. His big-time play in the G League earned him a roster spot in 2018-19, and he averaged 24.0 minutes per night, appearing in all 82 games. Morris operated mainly as a reserve and averaged 10.4 points, 3.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds. He provided quality shooting as well, going 49.3 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from three while canning 1.1 triples per contest. Morris figures to have a similar role this season, serving as the primary backup point guard to franchise star Jamal Murray. Morris is a talented guard, but Denver has arguably the deepest roster in the Association, and his ceiling is capped by all of the quality options available around him.
Morris spent the 2017-18 campaign on a two-way contract, which limited him to just three total appearances at the NBA level. The bulk of his action came in the G-League, where he played in 37 games and averaged 18.0 points, 6.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals across 34.8 minutes. His strong play at that level earned him a standard contract from the Nuggets this season, so Morris is fully expected to land on the 15-man roster following cuts. However, with Jamal Murray locked in as the starting point guard and Isaiah Thomas being brought in during free agency, Morris will sit no higher than third on the depth chart and will still struggle to get significant minutes most nights.
Morris was known as a playmaking guard in his days with Iowa State at the collegiate level and he'll be yet another project for coach Mike Malone after being selected with the 51st pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. The four-year college vet averaged at least 28.0 minutes in all of his seasons at Iowas State and he'll be one of the more battle-tested rookies in this year's class. What's really enticing about Morris is the fact that he saw a major increase in numbers in all four years of his collegiate career. He ended his senior season with averages of 16.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game, showing the ability to both score at a high rate and play extremely well as a distributor when needed. A role for Morris on the Nuggets during the upcoming campaign will likely be tough to find and Morris should spend most of the season developing in the G-League.
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Out with strained hamstring
GDenver Nuggets
Hamstring
April 18, 2021
Morris (hamstring) will not play Monday against Memphis, Mike Singer of the Denver Post reports.
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Questionable to return
GDenver Nuggets
Hamstring
April 16, 2021
Morris is questionable to return to Friday's game against the Rockets due to right hamstring tightness.
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Starting for Murray
GDenver Nuggets
April 14, 2021
Morris is starting Wednesday's game versus Miami, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.
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Steps up with 21 points in win
GDenver Nuggets
April 9, 2021
Morris finished with 21 points (7-8 FG, 5-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes during Friday's 121-119 victory over the Spurs.
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Dishes out four assists
GDenver Nuggets
April 7, 2021
Morris totaled seven points (3-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt), four assists, one rebound, one steal and one block in a 106-96 victory over the Spurs on Wednesday.
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