Maybe it's not nice to pick favorites, and a parent could never pick a favorite kid. But as an outside observer, I can sit back and say one thing confidently -- Marcus Morris is better than twin brother Markieff Morris at basketball.
I'd been thinking about Marcus' game for a while now, especially as it reached another gear with the arrival of Tobias Harris. Markieff has not been so lucky. He went from intentionally tanking on the Phoenix Suns to accidentally being ineffective with the Wizards.
We examine the two brothers in this week's column at the Detroit Free Press. A taste:
That magical 2013-14 campaign is the only truly good season of Markieff's five-year career. His other four campaigns show he is a power forward that shoots too much, turns the ball over and doesn't rebound well.
The trade to Washington was supposed to change all that. Finally free of his betrayers in Phoenix, Markieff was going to break out and once again showcase his All-Star potential. He's been just as bad in D.C.
Marcus, however, is averaging more points, more assists, fewer turnovers, is a superior perimeter shooter and is nearly as good of a rebounder despite playing small forward.
Marcus has also blossomed since the arrival of Tobias Harris. Since Harris joined the team, Marcus is getting more open shots, and showing great chemistry with Harris. His production is up across the board including hitting a blistering 45 percent% from the perimeter.
In the post, he's gone from dangerous to deadly. He's forcing less than ever, mainly because with Harris in the lineup, the team is no longer asking Morris to bail them out with the shot clock running down.
Morris is scoring .99 points per possession on post-ups this season, which ranks eighth in the NBA among players with at least 150 post-ups, according to NBA.com/stats. He is also a master of drawing contact, eliciting a foul on 14% of his post-ups. His ability to hit shots and get to the line have meant he's scoring on 52% of his post-up plays overall, good for third in the NBA.
What do you think, DBB? If SVG could waive a magic wand and swap out Markieff for Marcus for the next three years would you want him to do it?