MontuckyYooper

December 16th, 2012 at 10:45 PM ^

The Lakers can definitely use some help at PG...  Especially on D.  Hopefully Darius jumps on this opportunity and gets himself some PT.  15 points in 18 minutes is a good start.

tbeindit

December 16th, 2012 at 10:55 PM ^

Morris just needs to be more productive.  He's played very inconsistently over his career and that's the main reason he hasn't been getting time.  Once he's more productive (which is what we're all hoping) he will get time, even if Nash is there.

goblue20111

December 17th, 2012 at 12:00 AM ^

LOL ya it's funny.  I remember people were talking upper 50s in the wins, possibly 60s.  If I told you that a starting 5 of Kobe, Dwight, Pau, Artest and Nash would struggle to make the playoffs you would have laughed.  Even with the miles Kobe and Nash have on them. 

Shoulda given Phil complete control like he wanted. 

ak47

December 17th, 2012 at 12:17 AM ^

No he wouldn't, how would not being able to practice everyday for the entire year against worse competition and worrying about not failing out of school made him a better basketball player?  As long as he keeps getting contracts leaving was the right decision.  It is one of the biggest falacies in sports that players improve more by staying in college when it comes to basketball.  It isn't good to leave school and not get a contract, but if you get a contract it was the right decision.

ForeverVoyaging

December 17th, 2012 at 12:50 AM ^

By staying another year and getting drafted higher Morris would have improved more as a player. All the evidence suggests that it's better to get drafted by a terrible team where you can play under the radar and get minutes without a ton of pressure to win immediately. Early playing time solves a lot of problems, and a few years down the line the big contracts will follow for a good player on a bad team.

ak47

December 17th, 2012 at 1:35 AM ^

What makes you think morris would have gotten drafted higher? The year after he left was a deeper draft class and if Morris hasn't improved his outside shot after two years of focusing solely on basketball it wasn't going to improve while in college either.  Morris is limited as a pg, he has relatively slow foot speed that can make him a liability on defense, isn't an explosive athlete or jumper, and has an incosistent at best outside shot which makes getting your own shot pretty difficult.  Morris probably went as high as he was ever going to go in the draft, he made the right call.

MGlobules

December 17th, 2012 at 8:56 AM ^

message boards solemnly weighing in that he should have stayed ad nauseum. Oh wellz. Let's see. . . million in my pocket, working out with Kobe and Nash. Nah, I'll take going to classes and playing at UM. . . because a bunch of Michigan fans are ridiculous and arrogant enough to KNOW (having weighed my life, family issues, etcetera for me) that's the better option for me. So retarded, so mindlessly regurgitated two years running. 

kehnonymous

December 17th, 2012 at 12:00 AM ^

This has been covered ad nauseam, but the peculiar circumstances Morris faced (i.e., the lockout) made it probably financially prudent for him to declare early when he did.

I'm glad he had a strong game against Philly, but until I see otherwise, his 3-5 shooting from beyond the arc is not sustainable.  He still will have value when Nash gets back as the best defensive point guard we've got.  Morris has still got to learn to play under control and finish at the rim but he's not drastically worse than Blake or Duhon in that regard.

The Bugle

December 17th, 2012 at 3:08 AM ^

I agree with almost everything you said, I don't understand how people don't understand that declaring earlier probably lead to a higher position due to the weak draft.  I hope that this performance is not just a one off.  That being said, 3-5 shooting from beyond the arc is unsustainable for any player...

Bb011

December 17th, 2012 at 7:47 AM ^

While true, even 2-5 is unsustainable for him. He more likely to go 1-5 or 2-5 in my opinion. I just haven't seen his deep ball improve, granted I have only seen limited minutes of him this year since he plays only limited minutes.

Ali G Bomaye

December 17th, 2012 at 1:05 PM ^

Um... there's this thing called the "internet," where you can look up "statistics" that may support or debunk your opinions.  In about five seconds, I looked up Darius Morris on basketball-reference.com.  Turns out, he's shooting .447 from three-point range for the season, and .545 in the month of December.  Granted, he has only attempted 38 threes on the season (in 424 minutes played), but still, the numbers say that it isn't unreasonable for him to go 2-5 or 3-5 in a game.

Source: http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/morrida01.html

LSAClassOf2000

December 17th, 2012 at 8:56 AM ^

One thing that has been nice to see in the development of Darius Morris in the NBA, at least in the games that I have seen this year, is that the increased playing time and in-game experience really are helping, and you can even see this in his stats from November in particular when he played in place of Nash, I believe. If he keeps getting time and keeping learning from Nash, there's no reason that, in the future, he doesn't get considerable minutes on a resgular basis. His game-to-game performance is a little up-and-down, but if he can contribute more consistently, that will be a huge step, and he has shown that he can contribute this year.