Ja Morant
Ja Morant
21-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.

Wins Rookie of the Year
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September 3, 2020
Morant was voted the 2019-20 Rookie of the Year, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
There was never much doubt, as Morant had an electric first season with the Grizzlies, and Zion Williamson ultimately missed too much time to be considered for the No.1 spot in the voting. Morant's pre-bubble averages -- seeding games did not factor into voting -- were 17.6 points, 6.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds across 30.0 minutes per game. Built into his case were the extremely low preseason expectations for the Grizzlies, who were considered one of the worst teams in the NBA. However, Morant's presence helped carry them to a play-in game against the Blazers for the last spot in the Western Conference playoff picture. Though the performances didn't count toward the award, Morant shouldered a huge role in the seeding games, averaging 20.8 points, 9.7 assists and 6.1 rebounds in 38.3 minutes.
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Following two college seasons at Murray State, Morant was selected by the Grizzlies with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-3 point guard made his NBA debut during the first game of the season, Oct. 23 against the Heat, recording 14 points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes. The rookie quickly got more comfortable, as just two games later, in a one-point win over the Nets, Morant recorded a season-high 30 points, nine assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block in 32 minutes. On Nov. 13, during a two-point win over the Hornets, Morant recorded his first double-double, accumulating 23 points, 11 assists, one steal and one rebound in 30 minutes. He would go on to post 14 more double-doubles throughout the season. Morant dished out a season-high 14 dimes twice -- Jan. 10 in a win over the Spurs and Feb. 29 in a win over the Lakers. He also posted one of his two triple-doubles in February during a win over the Wizards in which he had 27 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one block. Morant's second triple-double occurred during the NBA bubble in Orlando, accumulating 12 points, a season-high 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over the Bucks. Morant's excellent play resulted in him being voted the Rookie of the Year for his play before the hiatus. Before the break, Morant averaged 17.6 points -- 49.1 FG%, 36.7 3Pt%, 77.0 FT% -- 6.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 30.0 minutes. In September, Morant was a unanimous selection to the NBA's All-Rookie First Team

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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
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Scores career-high 35
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August 15, 2020
Morant supplied 35 points (13-28 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 6-8 FT), eight assists and four rebounds in 42 minutes during Saturday's 126-122 loss to the Trail Blazers.
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Triple-doubles despite shooting woes
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August 14, 2020
Morant finished with 12 points (5-17 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 13 rebounds and 10 assists in Thursday's 119-106 victory over Milwaukee.
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Explosive double-double in loss
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August 11, 2020
Morant totaled 26 points (7-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 11-15 FT), 13 assists, four rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal across 42 minutes in Tuesday's 122-107 loss to the Celtics.
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Scores 17 in loss
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August 9, 2020
Morant had 17 points (7-19 FG, 2-4 3PT, 1-1 FT) and 10 assists in Sunday's loss to Toronto.
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Collects 19 points, nine dimes
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August 7, 2020
Morant managed 19 points (5-12 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 7-7 FT), nine assists and four rebounds in 31 minutes during Friday's 121-92 win over the Grizzlies.
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