The Celtics have a legit 6th man of the year candidate and it’s not Terry Rozier or Marcus Smart

by Matt Rooney

Marcus Morris would start on any NBA team other than the Celtics and Warriors. He’s that good. Right now, he’s my pick to win the 6th man of the year award.

Through 7 games this season, Morris, shooting 49.3% (48% from deep), is averaging 14.4ppg and 7.4apg while providing Brad Stevens with incredibly valuable minutes. Morris has become a go to guy off the bench for  Stevens, “He can post smalls.  He can stretch bigs,” Stevens said.  “He’s a tough guy to guard.” He really can do it all on the court, and has outclassed starting wings Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward thus far.

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When asked about Morris’ potential as a 6 man of the year candidate, Stevens said, “He’s an awfully good one, and he’s playing at a high level, it wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of our guys get in that conversation.  But certainly he’s – the way he started the season’s been really, really good.  He’s got a great way about him and he’s bringing a lot of energy on both ends.  He’s playing the right way.  He’s been really efficient.  He’s been very, very good.” Stevens nailed it: Morris has been very very good.

In the offseason, Morris claimed headlines for coming up with the nickname Bench With Attitude during Media Day and for responding to Tristan Thompson’s claim that the Cavs are the team to beat int the East, but now he’s all over the news because of his dominance on the court. He is flat out balling, and has arguably been the Celtics MVP through the first month of the season. Although other candidates such as Eric Gordon and Lou Williams will get more shots and opportunities, Morris is leading the 6th man race so far and it’s not particularly close.


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