Monte Morris

Monte Morris

26-Year-Old GuardG
Denver Nuggets
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Injury Knee
Est. Return 10/20/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
For the first time in his young career, Morris dealt with the injury bug during his 2020-21 campaign. The 6-foot-2 guard played in just 47 games last season, first missing a chunk of the season with a strained quad and then missing another 11 games near the end of the season due to a hamstring injury. Morris averaged just 10.2 points and 3.2 assists in 25.4 minutes per game while shooting a very respectable 38.1 percent from three. The Iowa State product's numbers did improve in the games he played after Jamal Murray tore his ACL, however, averaging 12.7 points and 4.9 assists per game. That said, the Nuggets were still easing Morris back into the lineup during that time and he only started one game during that span, which ended up being the team's final game of the season. Entering the new year, Denver figures to still be without their star point guard in Murray for the start of the season, making the starting point guard spot wide open in Denver. The crafty Facundo Campazzo was getting the starts without Murray at the end of the year last season, but again, this could easily be attributed to the team playing it cautious with Morris and his injury status. The Nuggets still are deep at the position with the likes of older players in Campazzo and Austin Rivers, while still having youth at the position in Markus Howard and Nah'Shon "Bones" Hyland as well. Even with their sturdy depth, there is reason to believe Morris will be starting for Denver in place of Murray to begin the year, which may lead to Morris' most productive season yet as a pro. 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.

Unavailable Thursday
GDenver Nuggets
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October 14, 2021
Morris (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's preseason game against Oklahoma City, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.
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Morris was questionable ahead of Thursday's preseason finale, but he'll be one of several regular starters who won't take the court. His next chance to play will be in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Suns.
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Morris played in 47 games during his fourth season in the NBA. The 25-year-old averaged 10.2 points, 3.2 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks in 25.4 minutes. The Iowa State product shot 48.1 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from three and 79.5 percent from the free-throw line. The six-foot-two guard scored 20-plus points five times, including a season-high 28 during a Game 5 win over the Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs. During the season-high performance, Morris went 7-for-18 from the field, 4-for-9 from three and 10-for-11 from the charity stripe. He also notched five assists, three rebounds and one steal in 41 minutes during the 147-140 win. The ex-Cyclone grabbed multiple boards 31 times, including a season-high seven against the Kings on Feb. 6. He also distributed multiple assists 52 times, including a season-high nine on two occasions. Defensively, the fourth-year veteran recorded multiple steals in 11 games and at least one block in 15 games. Per 36 minutes, Morris averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals.

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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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.
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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Questionable Thursday
GDenver Nuggets
Knee
October 14, 2021
Morris is questionable for Thursday's preseason game against the Thunder due to left patellar tendon management, freelance writer T.J. McBride reports.
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Hopes to start Opening Night
GDenver Nuggets
September 21, 2021
Morris said Tuesday that he hopes to start on Opening Night, but he's yet to discuss his role with coach Michael Malone, Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports reports.
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Scores 19 in start
GDenver Nuggets
June 13, 2021
Morris finished Sunday's Game 4 against the Suns with 19 points (8-15 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-3 FT) and six assists.
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Set to start Game 4
GDenver Nuggets
June 13, 2021
Morris will start Sunday's Game 4 against the Suns, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
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Bounces back with 21 points
GDenver Nuggets
June 12, 2021
Morris had 21 points (8-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT) and five assists in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Suns.
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