Darius Morris has been assigned to the LA D-Fenders in the developmental league.
In before "I told you so".
Darius Morris has been assigned to the LA D-Fenders in the developmental league.
In before "I told you so".
Trey Burke > that guy from L.A.
"that guy from L.A." who led michigan to its first NCAA tourney win in 19 years?
Manny Harris isn't from LA
Michigan over Clemson in 2009, Morris was a Sr. in High School then
1. Yea that guy who only got drafted because he's a 6'4'' point guard.
2. Yea that guy who dribbled with his head down into the lane every damn play and the only offense he created was by posting up his defender in the key and kicking it out...
3. Yea that guy who did none of what you mentioned.
You know nothing about basketball or you simply have not seen trey play. As a true freshman, Burke creates more diverse options which is what Beilein's offense is about. Beilein claims to now have over 250 options off their basic motion offense. Never saw that last year. And morris couldnt hit a simple runner or shot from outside 8 ft (i.e duke game).
if you think you just gave an accurate description of D-Mo's game. And your last point about the runner? The most disheartening thing about the end of the Duke game to me was that Darius hit that shot two or three times EVERY GAME last year. For such a terrible shooter it's pretty amazing that his FG% was 6% higher last season than Trey's is this year.
The guy averaged 15 points and 7 assists and "the only offense he created was posting up and kicking out"? That is so blatantly wrong that it leads me to believe he must have killed your dog or taken your mom out to a nice seafood dinner and never called her again... Or maybe you just didn't actually watch any games last season.
I was just about to post this. Interesting to see that he's still being criticized for overdribbling:
The Lakers assigned Morris to the Development League Wednesday, after he averaged 2.7 points and 1.1 assists in 10.3 minutes through 13 games. Despite the Lakers' needs at point guard, Coach Mike Brown expressed skepticism about playing Morris significant minutes because of his inexperience, over-dribbling and his understanding of the offense.
"Mike Brown is not a good coach."
Is like a left handed pitcher, he'll get every opportunity to succeed.
I don't disagree that Morris is struggling with the pro game, but Mike Brown is bar-none one of the dumbest coaches I've seen in recent memory. People point out all of his success in Cleveland, but he obviously had some help. And this year, with this LA team, he's doing nothing more than babysitting (and badly at that).
Wish Morris the best.
Sir, I invite you to take that libelous statement back. It is well known that Mike Brown has some of the most expensive and stylish eyewear in the greater southland region.
He needs some more work on limiting his TO's. And it's better to get minutes in for him now.
At the time I would have preferred he stayed but now hard to envision us having a better year with him here. Hope he sticks somewhere.
Agreed. If anything, hopefully this helps convince Trey to stick around a few more years. The Lakers are desperate for a PG and Darius got demoted.
The problem is Darius isn't a true point guard, and he's not a great shooter so he's stuck as a classic tweener in the NBA. In college he had the size to go inside as a point guard but that won't work in the NBA. If he was even an average shooter he would have a much better chance. Maybe a year or two more in college and he can but that's history.
Trey is a classic point guard - and a major find for us. Hope he is here four years.
morris is a true point guard. he's tall, but that doesn't make him anything other than a PG.
It's all relative. If you watcha guy like Burke you can see the difference - better dribbling skills, court vision, fewer mistakes and turnovers.
Big disagree on better court vision. Morris was one of the best creators we've had in a while.
Don't get me wrong, I loved Morris as a player, and I agree that he was an excellent creator, just not in the sense of the true point guard skills I see with Burke. Morris could penetrate with his dribble, score, and find the open man. Burke has that innate court sense you see in the best point guards. He sees the whole floor, understands the spacing and movement of the whole team, not just where he is going and who comes free off his motion.
For me Morris really has the skill set of a 2-guard, only without the shooting ability. If he could shoot better I really think he would immediately move way up an NBA roster as a 2 and stand-in point.
"For me Morris really has the skill set of a 2-guard, only without the shooting ability." LOLWUT?
2-guards just shoot you silly man so this makes no sense.
You're posts in this thread are hilarious
Morris is about as much of a point guard and only a point guard as you will find. The things you are saying are absurd.
Any player with the abilities of morris who learned to hit lots of shots would move up an NBA roster.
Trey Burke is probably closer to a 2 than morris. Just because he can shoot shots. Stop it.
It's "hilarious" how widely this point is misunderstood. Yes he has the skills of a 2-guard without the shooting skills. That's why he''s not on a roster. If he was a better point guard, or a better shooter, he would be.
Here's a contrast. A guy who came into the league as a great point guard but not a great shooter - Jason Kidd. But he was so good at the point he played, and improved his shooting. Morris just doesn't fall into that category - his point guard skills are not nearly that good.
I don't mind a little good natured give and take but it would work better without the "silly" and "hilarious", unless you're that sure you know more tham everyone else.
I don't get this argument at all. Morris is probably the best passer to play at Michigan in the last 20 years. His court vision and passing were both fantastic. It was his shot that was bad, meaning that he had NO shooting guard skills. Since shooting guards, well the SHOOT.
You could say he didn't have a typical point guard build, as 6' 5" is tall for a point guard. But his two main skills were his passing and his ballhandling, which are the two main skills of a point guard, not a shooting guard.
Trey Burke is very VERY good, and is a MUCH better shooter than Morris was. But Morris was (last year) a better passer than Burke was this year. Of course, he was also more experienced. We'll have to see how Burke does next year to really compare.
you can be a "creator" and that is all. That can make you a very effective player as a point guard in college without being an effective shooter. That is not the case anymore in the NBA. The game has changed a great deal from the days of Dennis Johnson and the sort. Point Guards in the NBA do most of the 3 point shooting and a lot of the scoring period. See Chris Paul, Derrick Rose etc. etc. Think Chauncy Billups as the NBA new prototype point guard. In the NBA, a point guard needs to be able to score and score in bunches off the pick and roll, Morris simply cannot do that. What the poster above is saying is that Morris, while a "true point guard" in college is truly a player without a position in the NBA unless and until he can learn to shoot the ball, and he is correct.
That is just saying that Morris isn't GOOD enough to play in the NBA. That is a completely differrent point than saying he isn't a TRUE point guard.
He IS a true point guard. He just isn't good enough at shooting currently to succeed in the NBA. And everyone but Darius seemed to know that before he declared for the draft.
Point guards are mostly defined by having the ball in their hands a ton and setting up others for baskets. Yeah, in the NBA you better be able to shoot and score no matter WHAT position you play unless you are a tall guy who is obscenely good at defense & rebounding. His lack of shooting ability doesn't change the fact that Morris is clearly a point guard.
Pass first type guys = true point guards, not 2 guards who can't shoot.
This seems obvious.
Trey Burke was an integral part in Michigan's first Big Ten regular season title since 1986. I liked Morris, but I seriously doubt that MIchigan would have gotten that share of the title with him at the helm this year.
Morris is a tweener. It worked in college, but it probably won't work in the NBA. That being said, he might be a lot better fit for the Euro game, and might be able to carve out a nice career if his passport is still current.
Burke is more of a tweener than Morris. Morris is a pure point.
For me Morris really has the skill set of a 2-guard, only without the shooting ability.
What? We're talking about a guy who averaged nearly seven assists a game last year.
Court vision is one of Burke's weaknesses right now. Morris was fantastic in that area. He is twice what Burke is at running the pick and roll at this point. Doesn't mean Burke can't be there, but if you think he has better CV than DMo, I don't know what to tell you other than you're wrong.
I can certainly respect your opinion and won't sit here and say you are wrong. However running the pick and roll is a specific skill exercised in a limited space on the court visually. Morris' size was a big advantage on that play and he used it very, very well. Maybe we're talking about two different things. Burke has a great talent for feeling the movement and spacing on the entire court. It is subtle and doesn't necessarily manifest in one specific situation.
The guy I think of when I watch Burke, and we all hate Duke so put that aside for a minute, is Bobby Hurley. In college basketball you give everything for that guy - he makes every player on the court better and Burke has the talent and potential to play like that.
I think that Burke make's everybody around him better too. I thought the same of Morris last year. He averaged over 2 assists better than Burke this year. I don't think Trey sees the whole court nearly as well as Burke. Maybe it's because Morris was 6'4" and Burke is maaaaaaybe 6'0". I think Burke is the better handler, better driver, and obviously the better shooter. But Morris had the size and the vision and that's what made him successful.
burke's not tall enough to pass over guys that morris could pass over, which is the difference in the pick and roll. that's not about court vision. that's just about being the size to have passing lanes.
thank you...I've been trying to make that point all night to no avail....someone and there downvoting minions just can't process it
of your helmet's gray face mask. Unacceptable! It must be dark blue or nothing!
thanks for the heads up...whatever it takes...I'll change it...been here too long
I didn't mean to be taken seriously. Sometimes people get very fussy about the threads and vote-rage on people for no reason. FTR I went back and upvoted your last few comments, if that helps.
Wow, people are ruthless. They labeled your comment about upvoting a post as "Trolling". There should be no such thing as anonymous downvoting. I think a lot fewer people would be such dicks if their name was listed for every downvote.
It's getting ridiculous and I completely agree - the anonymous downvoting is having a significant negative effect on this board - getting to where it may be time to either avoid all commenting or just move on
The reason D-Mo averaged more assists is because he pounded the ball into the ground and did figure eights on the court until his movement got someone open and then that person would shot an open shot. Trey runs the offense and a lot of times his intial pass leads to the next pass being the "assist" pass.
I see Burke dribbling around quite a bit too. But he also has a J so he can settle for a jumper and it's a good shot. DMo couldn't do that. DMo also had to dominate the ball last year. Novak and Douglass did not drive nearly as much as they have this year. Same with Smot. Our offense is a little more diversified this year partially because Burke is a more well-rounded player than Morris but also because of the improvements of a few other players.
Maybe I am just paying too much attention to the pick and roll, but Burke turns his back when doing it too much and closes himself off to the other defender and it hurts him sometimes if the screen isn't perfect or he doesn't run his defender off it correctly. And maybe I'm just underrating Burke on the P&R became Morris was so effective at it. But I do think Burke needs to improve his court vision
For some reason you are equating court vision with the ability to run the pick and roll. They are two completely different things
I think you need to watch some clips from last year again. Morris's floor vision was fantastic. He had a terrific ability to find the open man anywhere. I don't think Burke is nearly at that level yet (though he's still quite good). Morris and Hardaway in particular had a great chemistry. Watch him here:
Let's wait, Burke is a freshman and he's contributing much more than Morris did as a freshman. Once JB's offense becomes second nature to Trey, watch out.
The whole long conversation above is often predicated on comparisons between Morris as he matured through the middle and end of last season and Burke as a freshman. Morris's creative potential is his strongest suit for me, but that does not equate to the complete court vision that Burke is rapidly developing. Much of a fan as I was of Morris--and I defended him here and at mgoblog against a LOT of knuckleheads who said he sucked through much of last year--Burke is by next year a better player AND asset to this team, at least if he continues to evolve as he has to date.
Morris sifted a lot of evidence and made a decision. When he landed with the Lakes it looked like a good one. At the moment, not so much. But he may yet pull it off.
One of Morris's problems is that the Lakers don't really play with a point guard. Everyone they use off Kobe is more of a spot up shooter than a primary ball handler. Add in Mike Brown's primitive offensive sets and the Lakers were a really bad place for him to go.
I do question if he's quick enough to defend NBA point guards.
The Lakers needed a true PG even less when they ran the triangle. Things would have been worse for Morris as an individual had Phil Jackson stuck around.
Absolutely, but it remains true that the primary responsibilities of the point guard in LA's offense are to feed Kobe, Gasol or Bynum in the post and knock down open shots when the D collapses. Most of the pick and roll they run involves Kobe as the primary ball handler. All his life, Morris had played (and thrived) in systems where the point dominated the ball and initiated the offense, he never learned to play without the ball in his hands.
that's too bad for Morris. Always makes me wonder how good the current team would have been had Morris decided to stick around.
that is all
Don't be a dick. We all wish Darius would have stayed but he did what he felt was best for himself - we can't fault him for that. I can't criticize a guy who played a major role in getting our program to where it is right now. He was just as important to our program's growth as Manny and Peedi were.
Sucks for him, and him on this team COULD (you never know how everyone would have meshed) have been epic...but I still think he made the right decision, going to the league in a weak draft instead of waiting for this year when the draft will be more stacked.
He'll contribute to an NBA team eventually, as soon as he develops a Left Hand
But those weren't his only options. His best option would have been wait two years, get a degree, improve all his weaknesses, and still have a shot at the league. Had he stayed all four years, he wouldn't have been worse than the mid-second round pick that he was, and he'd be good enough to stay on the Lakers roster.
Yeah, but if you're Morris, do you really put off a 6/7 figure salary now, and hope that you don't get injured in the next 2 years.
I see your argument, but it's really hard to turn down that money when you don't even know what the draft, the rookie payscale, your draft stock, etc is going to look like 2 years from now
This is the career he wanted, and he jumped into it the 1st chance he got, I can't really criticize the kid for it
I'm not going to criticize him either because it's his life, but I still think it was a dumb decision. I don't think playing in the D-League is the career he wanted. And now he doesn't have a degree to fall back on. He might make 400k this year, and 80k for a couple years in the D-League. Then he'll be 25, without a job and without a degree. That amount of NBA money won't last long.
I'm sure he could afford an education with the money he earns in the NBA... assuming he is smart with his money...
So if he returns to school after that, he'll be a junior in college with a couple hundred thousand dollars in his bank account. I don't know about you, but I would have loved to have that kind of money back when I was in college. That is more than enough to give anyone a nice headstart in life.
If Morris doesn't make it in the NBA, he won't be without a job for long. There are tons of opportunities to play pro basketball in Europe and elsewhere around the world and make decent money--maybe not NBA money but probably more than the average American makes.
Feel like I'm ranting tonight but what the hell. Overall I agree with you save one point
The injury risk think is way overstated when it comes to college basketball, as opposed to football. How many players can you think of that really had their draft status diminished by an injury after staying an "extra" year or two. It happens but it is very rare. There are many more cases where staying was a big plus.
He's lost in the "system" now. Going to spend some time in Russia, Turkey, Italy, Russia, Puerto Rico, etc. and no one will ever remember his name outside the michigan community. Im glad he's gone.
Darius Morris is an example of someone who probably could have benefited from a couple more years of college hoops and working on the basics of his game. It isn't as if you can't pick those up elsewhere, although obviously staying in school and getting the degree while doing all that is an ultra-positive as always. I think Morris can get himself onto the roster, but he'll have to work on things in the D-League that he could have done here, even though I dare say that college might have been the better place for that. Certainly, the elements of a good NBA player are there - I don't want to write him off so blithely.
It helps that the Lakers starting PG is 37 years old and almost certainly in his last year on the team, and the Lakers don't have a SF either. Now, I think the Lakers will go after a PG either at the deadline or in the offseason, but that will simply replace Fisher, and Steve Blake isn't exactly young himself. If Darius puts in the work, he can stick around and be the #2 or #3 PG on the Lakers going forward. It also helps his case that the Lakers have so much cap space filled up with the Big 3 that the don't have the dough to pay a good PG.
Dude what's your problem? It's people like you that give fanbases bad names, Darius was here for 2 years, helped stop the MSU run, gave us "GTFO my court", and had us the closest to the Sweet Sixteen as we've been in a long long time. Then he makes a personal choice based on what he believes is best for him and your response is "screw him, it's karma, and I'm glad he's gone"? What the fuck? How about respecting the guy who has DONE NOTHING WRONG toward Michigan
Look, I agree that some of the hate on here is a little strong and probably undeserved.
HOWEVA, I get why people are discouraged, because I am as well. It's one thing when a guy like Charles Woodson leaves early for the NFL. When you're a can't miss prospect, no one will blame you. But that wasn't Darius. He gave us one good year and bailed. Not an All-American year, or a championship year. He got some "meh" reviews from the NBA and took off, and now that he's failing, it only vindicates the people who said he should stay.
This is not dissimilar to Donovan Warren. There was no reason to leave early, and we really could have used him. When kids are sure-fire pro prospects, I'm all for them following their dreams. But when kids who are borderline decide to take off, it looks to me like a lack of commitment and respect for the team and University, and I don't like it. So I'm not going to wish ill upon Darius, but I'm not going to feel bad for him when his bad decision lands him on his face.
I agree with just about everything you said. I mean I think the best choice for Darius would have been to stay here, and I think the team would have been just as good, maybe better; because while Trey really hasn't struggled, I don't think you can discount having an entire court of people who have played together for 2 years, and maybe THJ doesn't play hide and seek for the majority of the season since he's used to playing with Darius. And what you said about Warren is right too.
I mean I'll respect a guy's choice, but sometimes I won't like it, but I (and just about everyone on this blog) will still acknowledging the player is (usually) doing what they think is in their best interests. It just pisses me off when people go into "fuck that guy, he left the school and he's now a d-bag who's dead to me" mode when the players didn't do anything besides leave
probably not what he had in mind when he declared for the draft. how does this change his pay?
For D-Mo, having an NBA contract, it doesn't impact his pay at all, he's payed whatever his contract says...for players signed directly by a D-League team, then their pay is probably horrible (something similar to what MLB Minor League players make)
The NBA Developmental League (NBA D-League) is a separate league run in affiliation with the NBA. Teams may assign up to two of their players to an NBA D-League team. Only players with fewer than two years' experience may be assigned to an NBA D-League team, and each player can be assigned no more than three times per season. If an active player is assigned, he is automatically placed on the team's Inactive List. There is no minimum or maximum length of an NBA D-League assignment, and players have 48 hours to report to the NBA D-League team once they are assigned. Players continue to receive their NBA salary while assigned to the NBA D-League.
NBA D-League rosters are normally 10 players, but can expand to 12 to accommodate assigned NBA players. In some cases where one team might be overstocked with assignees or players at a particular position, players might be reassigned to a different team. NBA teams do not control the playing time their assignees receive -- that matter is up to the discretion of the NBA D-League coaches.
Average D-League salary is $35,000 for those without NBA contracts. Darius will continue to earn his $473,604 annual salary.
In a way, I imagine that the reasons he can't improve his skills enough to hold down a roster spot are the same ones that led him to make an unwise decision in leaving early.
When you don't listen to basically everyone telling you not to go to the NBA, this is what happens.
Where is all this ill will towards DMorris coming from? I hope he gets back in the game and wish him luck. To wish him anything else makes you an a$$hole.
I do too. But the fact remains that it was not a smart move to leave for the NBA.
But I keep hoping the cavs trade Sessions to the lakers & Darius would be included in whatever comes back. Would be a nice fit playing some minutes behind Irving and he has the size to guard 2's while playing with Irving.
Mike Brown to Darius: GTFO my court
Minor hiccup in his career. Contrary to what others may thing, Morris is as true of a point guard as they come. His size, vision, and passing are three of his biggest assets. He just needs more game experience at that level of competition so the D-League will be good for him.
Also, let's not forget how in love we were with Morris last year. We wouldn't be here today if it weren't for Morris last year. He left to chase a dream and maintains a good relationship with the coaches and his teammates. He's always going to be a Michigan man. Save the "Morris Who?" comments for guys like Boren.
No. Morris is a terrible human being who personally wronged me by depriving me of what I deserved, what I was entitled to. His enrollment at the University obligates him to act precisely in line with my expectations for how he should plan to pursue his career. He clearly hates Michigan, and that makes him unworthy of my respect.
To Boren? That just doesn't make sense.
I don't get all the people that still rag on DMo for leaving. I think it was clear he didn't want to stay all 4 years. He has/had weaknesses to his game. But I don't think he was going to fix those and raise his stock in college where he has to balance balling, classes, and the typical distractions of a college social life. And this year's draft is stronger, so he'd just have been drafted in the second round again. He's under LA control and he's from the state. I feel like he is happy with how things turned out.
For his sake, I hope he doesn't stick around in the D League if he doesn't get a call from an NBA team in a couple years. If I was in that situation, I'd go to Europe. See the world, play some ball, don't worry about anything. That is the life. I'd rather do that than sit at the end of the bench on an NBA team. Maybe that's just me.
Completely agree. And as I mentioned above, you can make a pretty good living playing basketball in Europe or elsewhere around the globe.
I don't think many people are ragging on him - just offering their opinions.
It's great to head off and see the world and all but wouldn't you rather do that with a degree from UM, especially when someone else was paying for it?
I don't think he left Michigan early thinking he'd be playing in Europe the rest of his career. I'm saying that if it beocmes apparent that he is not going to be on NBA roster ever again, he should go to Europe where he will actually play and get to travel alot and see some cool places. He obviously left early because he thinks he has a future in the NBA. If he didnt' think that he would have never left in the first place. And I don't think he cares much about his degree in the first place. You don't leave early if you're projected as a late first rounder at best after your sophomore year. That said, he will probably have enough money in the future to finish his degree later on.
And almost every Darius thread we have here, there are posters that say "I bet he regrets his decision." or "That was stupid, he should have stayed" or the guy that referenced karma.
Everything else aside, I disagree that he could not have improved his draft status by improving certain skills, specifically shooting. His mechanics were seriously flawed and he could have at least become average.
Having said that I disagree with many posters here who think he has true point guard skills.
Draft is much deeper this year. Even if he did improve those skills, I don't think it would have been enough to push him into the first round. I think he's fine with his decision and so was/am I.
Personally I have no opinion on the validity of his decision and don't think anyone else should either. I was merely opining that he might have improved his draft status with another year at UM. When you are in the second round the depth of the draft it is pretty much irrelevant - depth ends after around the 20th pick. Having said that improving those skills, and playing on a high-visibility NCAA tournament team, absolutely could have elevated his status into the bottom of the first round, assuring a better contract.
Rarely do skills significantly improve in the NBA D-league. They absolutely do in college. There are the rare exceptions - the Jeremy Lins etc., but they are rare indeed.
And I think he improved about as much as he could in college IMO. I think you are underestimating the improvements that can be made in the NBA. It just may not look like there are vast improvements because you're playing against much better players. All improvements in college are made in the offseason, when you have more time to work on your weaknesses. Rarely do you see new wrinkles or big steps made throughout a season. In the NBA you see it all the time. I've seen it in my Pistons this year quite a bit.
That may be true - he may have gone as far as he could in college, though many NBA talent evaluators would disagree. I am not underestimating improvement that can be made in the NBA - elsewhere in this thread I cited the example of Jason Kidd as a player who consistently improved over his NBA career. The difference, and the point I was making, is that he was always on an NBA roster, which Morris is not. Once players end up in the D-league, even if they are going back and forth, they have much less access to those resources, and superior competition, and the development stalls.
I was wondering about this today. Does anyone else think that a lot of basketball players might benefit from a draft system like baseball or hockey? One where they get drafted at some point, but it's just the rights to them in the league instead of them immediately jumping to the pros?
This would allow players to develop through the college game and when/if they're ready they can jump to the pros. If they're not good enough yet they can continue playing in college. This way NBA teams get more polished players and the players earn degrees which could help them if basketball doesn't work out (except for those who are good enough to make the jump right away).
It seems like a win-win situation for the players and the NBA. NBA teams don't have players on their cramped benches who need minutes to develop, and the players have something to fall back on. The D-League could still be used for guys who aren't quite ready even coming out of college, like a minor league baseball or hockey kind of thing.
Edit: Also, good luck to D-Mo. Still have a lot of love for the guy, he did great things here. I see him refining that outside shot and becoming a terror in the future.
It's true that Michigan fans and many scouts were saying he should stay in school. But according to at least one trusted Michigan basketball insider, family members and "family advisors" were telling him the opposite. That's a lot of pressue on a 20 year old kid. I wish him the best.
And for the handful of jokers hoping he fails...the more successful guys we have in the NBA, the better it is for our program's future.
Too bad for Darius, but I can't say I'm surprised.
He's had a taste of the NBA. Hopefully he works hard and improves enough to get back.
DMo did a lot for our program. He can definitely make it back. It is in everybody's interests for him to succeed in the league. We don't know what would have happened if he had stayed. He made a choice that was his every right to make and there's no sense in looking at what could have been.
May he succeed and be an ambassador in some capacity for the Maize and Blue.
Morris while he was getting pt and I noticed three things.
(1) Even when he was on the court I felt like nobody gave him a chance to prove himself. It seemed like players didn't want to play for him, and once the ball was out of his hands it always seemed like players would only give it back to him begrudgingly.
(2) They never ran the pick and roll with him, which was obviously his bread and butter.
(3) While he wasn't shooting terribly from outside, the lack of respect defenders showed was pretty obvious and that is going to be his biggest challenge going forward. When, as a PG, someone can guard you by playing 5 ft off the ball, you're going to have a hard time getting past anyone.
There are plenty good PGs in the league that have their defenders back 5ft off of them. Rondo, Tony Parker, Westbrook etc. Darius' problem is he is a PG that cant dribble with his left hand and he doesnt have elite quickness. Not only are defenders playing off of him, they are playing off and leading him to his left making him completely useless and turnover prone on the court. He is going to have to find a situation just right in order for him to stick around. To me, it's inevitable that he's going to get waived at some point in the future. I believe he was sent to the D-League so other teams can get a look at him and possibly give up something to get him or include him in some kind of package deal. He's being advertised...
My dad lives in LA and is a huge Lakers fan. We were talking today about last nights game and he commented about the point guard position. I asked him "what about Darrius Morris?"
His reply? "He's horrible. He turns the ball over all the time off the dribble. He's buried deep on the bench". And now this. Poor Darrius. Sure wish he would have listened to us about jumping to the NBA.
Is this ironic in the sense that it's the opposite of ironic? Like, post-modern irony or something?
The reason a lot of these kids go earlier than we fans would like is largely because of who is in their ear when making the decision. Family members and agents, who both benefit greatly from the the go pro move, are usually have far more weight than the fanbase.
I feel bad for Darius but I cant say I'm terribly surprised. He doesnt have a left hand and doesnt have a decent mid to long range J. 6'5" or not.....those skills are critical to success in the NBA. The Lakers took a flyer on him cause they could - 2nd round pick isn't exactly betting heavy here - and so far it hasnt worked out.
Man, that's just too bad!
I'm not surprised. NBA PGs these days are all about quicks and Morris doesn't have them. To make up for that you better have a killer perimeter game and he didn't have that when he left Ann Arbor either. When all this fails you can make a roster as defensive specialist but again, Darius wasn't that when he left Ann Arbor. Heck, Stu was always assigned to the best offensive backcourt player when he played with Darius.
It sounds like Morris had a LOT of work to do to ever be a legit NBA pg. I would like to know how much money he made for getting drafted and lasting as long as he did?
The Lakers site I looked at did not offer any salary or bonus money figures for him, which seemed strange because they had everyone else on the team.
spent a ton of time in D-League and look at him now.
Big PGs are the craze and they will spend tons of time onhim. I am hoping for the best for D. MO
I don't know if a ton of time is correct, but Lin is a good analogue as he was signed to an NBA contract (Golden State, albeit as a free agent) but sent down to the D-league for good stretches of his first season.
The other thing that happened to Lin is that he figured out (or had a coach who did) what his major flaws were and he worked on them over the off-season to mitigate them. There was a great article in the NYT a few weeks ago about how Lin worked with a series of private trainers over the summer to add muscle (he added 30 pounds), increase the "suddenness" of his leaping, develop a new jumpshot (the article makes it sound like he totally rebuilt his shot from the basic fundamentals up as he was previously shooting on the way down), and learn to survive hits in the paint and finish. It will be attendant on Morris to figure out what his flaws are (outside shot, left hand, strength, playing without the ball). He'll also need the good luck to end up on a team that requires a point guard with his skills (which is likely not the Lakers).
Everyone loved Morris last year and seems to forget if he made that shot we take Duke to OT in the tournament.
I don't remember many thinking he was ready for the NBA, but the young man had a chance to cash a big check an pursue his dream...good for him. Now he will hopefully learn and improve like he would have had he remained in school, except he's getting paid.