The Washington Wizards have cut both Adam Morrison and Sean Marks.
This move means that Morrison’s NBA career is likely all but over. The former Gonzaga star and #3 overall pick never came close to having anything resembling NBA success during his three years in the league. Morrison came out of college with a polished and dynamic scoring game, but he had neither the talent to score consistently in the NBA or the ability to adapt his game once it became clear he’d never be anything more than a role player.
Morrison was able to put up points during his rookie season, when the Bobcats allowed him to shoot the ball 12.1 times a game, but he never scored efficiently or contributed anything significant with his passing, rebounding, or defense. (When Morrison’s scoring totals put him in the rookie of the year conversation about a month or two into his rookie season, David Berri broke out the following gem: “the only talent Morrison has shown at the NBA level is the ability to heave the ball in the direction of the basket at a prolific rate.”)
Morrison was traded to the Lakers during his second year in the league, but never made it past “human victory cigar” status for the team. Now that he’s been cut by the Wizards, the chances of Morrison ever making an NBA roster appear slim.
Morrison’s career NBA averages are 7.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game on 37.3% shooting from the field. His career-high PER was 7.91 — 15 represents the league average for PER. It’s official — Michael Jordan drafted two of the biggest busts of the decade.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.
Last season, DeMarcus Cousins received zero MVP votes (the same as every year of his career). Even though he averaged 24.1 points, and 12.7 rebounds a game, which was enough to get him his first All-Star berth, MVP is another thing entirely. Only players on winning teams tend to draw the attention of MVP voters.
This season, can Cousins — arguably the best center in the game — get in the conversation?
He thinks it’s more than just that, he told Kevin Ding at Bleacher Report.
The topic is the 2015-16 NBA MVP award and whether it could be reachable for DeMarcus Cousins.
“Reachable, man?” Cousins told Bleacher Report, his voice rising high. “It’s mine to grab.”
As noted above, the only way Cousins gets into the conversation — fair or not — is if the Kings are in the playoffs (at the very least). He understands that.
“It’s going to take a full team effort,” Cousins said. “I’ll try to play at a high level and bring my team along with me.”
Vlade Divac built a Kings’ team designed to start winning now — as you would expect from a team a year away from moving into a new arena they need to fill. Owner Vivek Ranadive is not about selling hope anymore, he wants to sell wins.
I think Cousins can help provide that.
I’m less sold on the cast around him being able to help.