By Marcus Thompson
Friday, July 25th, 2008 at 5:43 pm in Uncategorized.
At summer league in Las Vegas, I asked Rico Hines, who works with the coaching staff, about Anthony Morrow. You should’ve seen his eyes light up. He went on and on about how money Morrow’s jumper was and about how he was a bonafide player.
The more I watched him, the more I concurred.
There are three things I love about Morrow:
1. He can shoot. Unlike Belinelli, Morrow is a pure shooter. If he’s open, it’s going down. Plus, he takes smart shots. Where Belinelli wows you with off-balance jumpers and pull-ups from deep, Morrow is simple and efficient. He finds his spot, sets his feet and nails it. Regularly. Midrange and long range. You won’t even notice until he hits like five in a row without a sweat. He left GT tied with Travis Best for third-all time in 3s made. He is also third in career 3-point percentage (42.1). Also sets GTs record for best career FT percentage (86.7)
Check out this stat. He made 16 of 19 from 3-point range in six games with the Warriors. Wow.
“I’m a pretty good shooter,” he told me in a phone interview Friday. “It was maybe a little bit of a hot streak, to keep it real.”
2. He can rebound. At 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, he has the size to get in there and rebound. He’s wiry and long and deceptively strong. He’s not Azubuike or Pietrus when it comes to rebounding from the perimeter. But he has the potential to get there.
“I never want to be just a one-dimensional player. I was called that in college but I’ve always been able to rebound my position. That’s something I’ve been trying to do as well as play defense, get my hands on loose balls and things like that.”
3. He is hungry. Undrafted college senior who barely got a sniff thanks to all the underclassmen. You know this dude has something to prove, and he doesn’t mind proving it. He didn’t play in his first two summer league games with the Warriors. But by the time the summer league season ended in Utah, he was a starter who hardly got off the court, as important as Anthony Randolph and DeMarcus Nelson. He finished averaging 18.6 points.
“I’m used to being the underdog,” he said. “I just like competing. My coach at Georgia Tech told me the harder you work, the luckier you get. You can’t go wrong if you play as hard as you can.”
You gotta love the overachieving types, the stories of people who make a name for themselves based on their work ethic and perseverance. The Warriors have a collection of those types: Monta Ellis, Stephen Jackson, Azubuike, Andris Biedrins. Morrow would fit right in.