Suns to use Markieff Morris at center some this year


Last season, the Suns had a lot of success going small at times.

They played Channing Frye as a sort of stretch five, which spaced out the floor and opened driving lanes for Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe. Frye was a dangerous pick-and-pop partner for the Suns impressive backcourt.

Now Frye is spacing the floor for the Orlando Magic (and cashing in some checks). So enter Markieff Morris.

Morris, who just signed a big new contract extension, was fourth in Sixth Man of the Year voting last season for the energy and 15.8 points a game he brought off the bench last season.

But what he didn’t bring was three point shooting — 31.5 percent from beyond the arc. To be fair, he did shoot a very respectable 42.9 percent on long twos and he reportedly has been working on this part of his game.

We’ll see how Morris fits this new role, but Jeff Hornacek isn’t afraid of the unconventional lineup. We’ll likely see Morris and Anthony Tolliver trying to stretch the floor for the Suns.