2019 NBA Draft Profile: Ja Morant

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While Ja Morant possesses all the tools in the world to keep defenses completely off balance, he doesn’t utilize them nearly enough.

A key to his offensive game should be his mid-range jumper. He has the ability to knock it down consistently, he just chooses not to take that shot. The increased use of his mid-range jumper is the key to unlocking his dominance on the offensive end.

Once he starts making defenses think about the mid-range pull-up, his drives will become even deadlier as defenders will be stuck thinking and guessing. The release on his jumper could use some work as well, he tends to telegraph his shots, leading to a lot of blocked shots — especially from deep.

Morant needs to slow down and let the game come to him at times. In his sophomore season at Murray State, he turned the ball over five times a game, which needs to be worked on. He becomes reckless at times on his drives, looking to seek contact instead of looking for the best shot.

Physically, he needs to bulk up too. As a player who likes to get to the basket consistently, his skinny frame wont hold up in the NBA.