Lakers Question of the Day: How would you grade Darius Morris?
Darius Morris was selected with the 11th pick of the second round before last season. In typical Lakers fashion, he didn't see much playing time. In fact, he logged fewer than 200 minutes. But something somewhat surprising happened when the two PGs ahead of him went down with injury. Morris starting playing.
After a few bouts of solid minutes, Morris was inserted into the starting lineup. He started ten straight games with Steve Nash and Blake out. During that span, he hit double figures in points three times, handed out at least five assists twice, and hit six threes.
Then Morris moved back to the bench and saw his minutes dwindle. For the past four games, he has found himself with the peculiar honor of being a starter in name only. He starts games, offers some D, and then often never returns to the game. Witness his average of 8 minutes per game over the last three before 24 minutes last evening.
On the season, Morris's numbers are a mixed bag. FG% and FT% are terrible: 39% and 60%, respectively. But Morris is shooting 40% on threes, has handed out 58 assists in 500 minutes of play (compared with 34 TO). He also has 16 steals.
Looking at the defensive side of the court, Morris has done well against PGs (14.2 PER allowed) and very well in limited time against SGs (9.3 PER allowed) (according to 82games.com).
So, if you were to apply a letter grade to Morris at present, what would you give him?