hey, guys...im actually a Nuggets fan but please i'm not here to crash the party. I'm a big Michigan college fan and love Darius Morris. I just wanted to stop in and see what the Lakers fans really thought of him so far.
Im happy to see he is finally getting some PT to see exactly how good he can be. I think he will be a very good player in this league. Watching him over and over in college i think he has 2 big weaknesses but a ton of strengths. His weaknesses are obvious...his 3 pt shooting and his lateral quickness on the D-end. As far as the 3 pt shooting goes, he has the potential to be a adequate 3 pt shooter probably around 35%. He'll never be one of those guys that chuck up 3s left and right thats for sure. ON the D end, i think he'll struggle with guys like Rose and Cp3. Basically the top tier PG's because they are so quick (but who doesnt struggle). I believe this is due to his size since he's a little bigger and the fact that he isn't the best athlete. He will be a serviceable Defender. I dont see neither of these weaknesses being so poor that it will prevent him from being a decent player in the league.
Now for strengths...i've seen it already that some guys think he's just a gamer, and he is. The boy works hard and plays hard every play. He's got a good head on his shoulders. He's a great passer when given the oppurtunity. I think the Andre Miller comparison is a good one. I do think Morris will be a decent 3 pt shooter which Dre is not. But what makes Dre Miller who he is, is what he can do down low. Miller loves to play like a big man closer to the basket and post up smaller PG's with his strength. I do think Darius is capable of this, it's whether or not the coaching staff will spend the time with him. He did it some in college but it's an entire different breed of players in the nba that you are going up against.
A move that Darius did well in college was his floater. He only went to it once or twice a game but was usually successful. Darius almost knocked out duke in the NCAA tourny last year with it at the buzzer, but it came up short. He would have made that 9 out of 10 times. You will also be surprised at his around the rim skills. Once he gets the confidence and the green light to hit the hole, you will be surprised at his driving skills. He can finish fairly well and will at times make a spectacular basket. I'm sure it will be a struggle at times in the beginning as some of these bigs will block a few shots, but once he gets the experience, he will be just fine.
Overall, i think he will be a solid player in this league. I would hope that Derek Fisher is working with him especially on his Defense. He should be a great mentor for Morris. As a fan of his, i really hope LA gives him the greenlight eventually just to see what he'll become. I know a team like LA though isnt always patient and if Fisher leaves, they might bring in a vet to replace him which is understandable.
Anyways, good luck to LA this season. Nugs and Lakeshow split earlier this season in 2 fun games to watch. Hopefully we can meet you in the playoffs so we can watch the Ty Lawson vs Kobe Show lol. Take care all.