Phoenix Suns 2013-14 Player Grades: Markieff Morris

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Markieff Morris

Jan 26, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Phoenix Suns power forward Markieff Morris (left) and shooting guard Dionte Christmas celebrate in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

With the Phoenix Suns’ season over, it’s time to take a fond look back on the 2013-14 season and examine how everyone performed. So far we’ve covered Archie Goodwin‘s first NBA seasonShavlik Randolph‘s short stint with the Suns; Miles Plumlee‘s impressive potentialIshmael Smith‘s job as a backup point guardthe return of the Brazilian BlurLeandro Barbosa; rookie Alex Len‘s first season in Phoenix; Marcus Morris‘ development as a shooterChanning Frye‘s inspirational return to the court; a career year from Gerald Green; and P.J. Tucker‘s drastic improvement.

When the Suns selected Markieff Morris with the 13th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, they were passing on guys who have since turned into extremely productive players, including Kawhi Leonard, Nikola Vucevic, Iman Shumpert and Kenneth Faried. Before the 2013-14 season, it seemed like pulling the trigger on this twin out of Kansas was a mistake.

But then Morris refined his game under Jeff Hornacek and emerged as a dangerous bench weapon, a regular fourth quarter closer and a legitimate Sixth Man of the Year candidate. Eventually acquiring both Morris twins felt like a PR stunt at the time, but Markieff Morris made significant strides with his brother around this year and became one of the team’s most consistent contributors on offense. Here’s a look back on his 2013-14 season.

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