Memphis Grizzlies rookie point guard Ja Morant has taken the NBA by storm and is the early favorite to win the Rookie of the Year Award. He will have some competition by the end of the season with Zion Williamson back on the court, but the fact that Morant is receiving All-Star hype speaks for itself.
In a quote shared by Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr shared his thoughts on Morant’s All-Star chances.
“I think he’ll get real consideration. He’s a great player.”
There is no doubt that Morant deserves real consideration for the All-Star game. He has carried the Grizzlies this season and is making his teammates better around him. Very few rookies are capable of handling that kind of a role.
So far this season in the 38 games he has played for the Grizzlies, Morant has averaged 17.5 points per game to go along with 7.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He has shot 48.7 percent from the field overall and has knocked down 40.0 percent from the three-point line. In addition to those numbers, Morant has also averaged a steal per game.
At just 20 years old, Morant has been blowing people away with his maturity. Memphis has the face of their franchise and there has not been this much optimism surrounding them for a long time.
More than likely, Morant will end up just missing the All-Star game. However, in the future, it is likely that we see him become a regular staple of the big event. The future is bright for Morant and the hype surrounding him already shows that clearly.