Monte Morris

Monte Morris

29-Year-Old GuardG
Phoenix Suns  NBA  
Phoenix Suns
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Monte Morris in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Suns in July of 2024.
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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). 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.

Intends to sign with Phoenix
GPhoenix Suns
July 2, 2024
Morris and the Suns agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million contract Tuesday, Gerald Bourguet of GoPHNX.com reports.
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The Suns were in need of cost-effective backups behind their expensive core of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal, and Morris is known around the league as a fairly reliable option reserve point guard. The 29-year-old split the 2023-24 campaign between Detroit and Minnesota, averaging 5.0 points, 2.1 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 0.8 three-pointers in 14.4 minutes over 33 regular-season contests.
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This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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True Shooting %
39.8%
 
Effective Field Goal %
39.4%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
33.3%
 
Free Throw Rate
6.1%
 
Offensive Rebound %
3.2%
 
Defensive Rebound %
16.7%
 
Total Rebound %
9.8%
 
Assist %
17.5%
 
Steal %
0.6%
 
Block %
1.3%
 
Turnover %
4.6%
 
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0.0%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
9.6
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.8
 
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Morris can be a somewhat boring point guard but is as solid as they come. In a starting role last season, Morris averaged 10.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 0.7 steals on 48.0 percent from the field and 83.1 percent from the free-throw line. We have to consider that he provided those career numbers for a terrible Wizards roster. This Pistons team is just as bad, but there are so many more guards in this rotation. Jaden Ivey, Cade Cunningham and Killian Hayes were all Top 10 picks for the Pistons, and all of those ballhandlers are expected to receive minutes this season. Cunningham and Ivey are unlikely to come off the floor much at all, and it would be very unlikely that Morris comes anywhere close to the 27.3 minutes we saw last year. He played just 20 minutes a night through his first four seasons, and that's right on par with what we project this season with so many cooks in the kitchen. Morris might be a good waiver wire add at some point if there are injuries in this backcourt, but he shouldn't be drafted in most fantasy formats.
A late-second-round pick in 2017, Morris has gradually developed into one of the more reliable backup point guards in the NBA over the last few years. After posting 10.2 points and 3.2 assists per game in 2020-21, Morris moved into a more prominent role last season on the Nuggets with Jamal Murray (knee) unavailable. The Iowa State product started 74 of his 75 appearances, posting career bests in virtually every statistical category, including minutes (29.9), points (12.6) and assists (4.4) per game. That resulted in him ranking 133rd in per-game fantasy production in eight-category leagues. During the summer, he was dealt to Washington. Morris is under contract through the 2023-24 season, so the Wizards likely view him as a potential long-term piece alongside Bradley Beal, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle Kuzma and No. 10 overall pick Johnny Davis. Once camp begins in the fall, Morris may end up competing with Davis for the starting point guard job, though Davis' struggles in Summer League mean it's probably Morris' job to lose. Assuming that's the case, Morris might be worth considering as a later pick in deeper leagues, though it's possible he also has some standard league relevance. The upside is relatively low, however
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.
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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Non-factor in playoff run
GMinnesota Timberwolves
June 2, 2024
Morris averaged 2.3 points, 1.0 assists and 0.7 rebounds across 7.6 minutes in nine playoff appearances.
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Not listed on injury report
GMinnesota Timberwolves
Finger
May 9, 2024
Morris (finger) is not on the injury report for Friday's Game 3 matchup with Denver.
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Exits with finger injury
GMinnesota Timberwolves
Finger
May 6, 2024
Morris won't return to Monday's Game 2 against the Nuggets due to a right index finger sprain.
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Muted role Friday
GMinnesota Timberwolves
March 29, 2024
Morris produced two points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and two rebounds in 11 minutes during Friday's 111-98 win over the Nuggets.
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Good to go Monday
GMinnesota Timberwolves
March 18, 2024
Morris (hamstring) is active Monday versus Utah.
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Suns could be an option
GMinnesota Timberwolves
June 29, 2024
Morris will be an unrestricted free agent, and he will likely garner interest for a veteran's minimum contract from teams such as the Suns, Evan Sidery of Forbes Sports reports.
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The Suns are above the second apron and will be targeting players willing to take veteran minimum deals. Morris is a likely candidate for the Suns on a cheap deal, and he would provide valuable depth for the team in the backcourt. Morris averaged 5.0 points, 2.1 assists and 1.7 rebounds across 14.4 minutes in 33 regular-season games for the Timberwolves last season.
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