Ja Morant
Ja Morant
20-Year-Old GuardG
Memphis Grizzlies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Morant will presumably take over the Grizzlies' starting point guard spot, which was vacated as a result of the trade of Mike Conley to the Jazz. Morant, the 2018-19 OVC Player of the Year and Consensus All-American, averaged 24.5 points, 10.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals across 36.6 minutes last year with Murray State. He's lauded for his athleticism and playmaking ability, but an underdeveloped jumpshot and tendency to turn the ball over could be a cause of early struggles in the NBA. Rookie point guards can often get off to a rough start, but fantasy owners should be confident that the rookie will have a big role with the Grizzlies right out of the gate, and Memphis is likely to let Morant get plenty of reps considering the team's rebuilding status. Morant makes for a safer pick in points leagues, where a potentially troublesome field-goal percentage and lack of threes won't damage his fantasy value. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $17.9 million contract with the Grizzlies in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Morant was born in 1999 in Dalzell, South Carolina. As both a junior and senior at Crestwood High School, Morant earned South Carolina 3A All-State honors. He was also a three-time Region MVP. As a senior, he averaged 27 points, eight rebounds and eight assists per game. Morant finished as the school's all-time leading scorer (1,679 points). Check the South Carolinian out on Twitter (@JaMorant).

College/International Summary

As a sophomore, Morant was named to the All-America first team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches after the 2018-19 season. He was also pegged as the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year. The guard led the nation in assists in 2018-19 season with 331, which were also the sixth most in NCAA single-season history. Morant was also eighth in the country in average scoring (24.5 points) and ninth in double-doubles (20). He was also the MVP of the OVC Tournament after averaging 32.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists en route to the tournament title. Despite losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (to Florida), Morant tied an NCAA first-round record with 16 assists. As a freshman Morant was named to the All-OVC first and All-OVC Newcomer teams. Morant declared for the 2019 NBA Draft after his sophomore season. The Datzell, South Carolina native was drafted No. 2 overal by the Grizzlies.

Scores 20 in loss
GMemphis Grizzlies
August 5, 2020
Morant scored 20 points (8-15 FG, 2-3 3PT, 2-5 FT) and added nine assists and six rebounds in Wednesday's loss to the Jazz.
ANALYSIS
The Grizzlies took another difficult loss in Orlando and are now 0-4 in seeding play. Morant did much of his damage early on but ended up with another strong, all-around line in a team-high 37 minutes.
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Transaction History
  • June 20, 2019
    Drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2019
    Signed a rookie two-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Ja Morant
DraftKings NBA: Monday Cheat Sheet
2 days ago
Jeff Edgerton digs into Monday's slate and thinks Joel Embiid will be an excellent anchor for cash-game rosters as he takes on a depleted Spurs frontcourt.
FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays
2 days ago
Juan Carlos Blanco looks over Monday's slate and expects Ja Morant and the Grizzlies to put up big numbers in a potential barn burner against the Pelicans.
DraftKings NBA: Sunday Cheat Sheet
3 days ago
If you're looking to save money for a couple stars, Jeff Edgerton suggests grabbing Evan Fournier versus the Kings.
FanDuel NBA: Sunday Value Plays
3 days ago
After an impressive showing Friday, Joel Bartilotta is tipping Jaren Jackson Jr. to repeat that effort against the Spurs.
NBA Return: Best-Case/Worst-Case for Western Conference Teams
5 days ago
As seeding games get underway from Orlando on Thursday night, Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha lay out their best- and worst-case scenarios for each of the 22 teams.
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Struggles from field in loss
GMemphis Grizzlies
August 3, 2020
Morant notched 11 points (5-21 FG, 1-10 3Pt), eight assists and five rebounds across 39 minutes in Monday's loss to the Pelicans.
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Nears triple-double in loss
GMemphis Grizzlies
August 2, 2020
Morant went for 25 points (10-18 FG, 0-2 3PT, 5-6 FT), nine rebounds and nine assists in Sunday's loss to the Spurs.
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Posts 22 points, 11 dimes
GMemphis Grizzlies
July 31, 2020
Morant racked up 22 points (7-22 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 7-7 FT), 11 assists, five rebounds and one steal in 41 minutes during Friday's 140-135 overtime loss to the Trail Blazers.
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Bigger workload likely on tap
GMemphis Grizzlies
July 31, 2020
Coach Taylor Jenkins shared that the team anticipates Morant "hopefully playing a little bit more than he did during the regular season," Drew Hill of the Daily Memphian reports.
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Big game in final scrimmage
GMemphis Grizzlies
July 28, 2020
Morant put up 22 points (9-15 FG, 2-3 3PT, 2-2 FT) and 12 assists in 28 minutes in Tuesday's scrimmage against Miami.
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