Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reports that Memphis Grizzlies rookie point guard Ja Morant is cleared to participate in training camp following surgery on his knee. Given how vital Morant is to the Grizzlies' future, it's great news for them to have him start the season on time as opposed to having to miss training camp and possibly part of his rookie season.
Per Chris Haynes, #Grizzlies PG Ja Morant has recovered from his right knee procedure and will fully participate in training camp. #NBA— NBA Lord (@nba_lord) October 1, 2019
Morant is not only making the jump from college to the NBA, he's making the jump from mid-major college basketball to the NBA. At Murray State, he was dominant and was always the best player on the floor. This will be the first time since his high school AAU days that he won't be the best player on the floor every night. It will be interesting to see how that adjustment goes for him.
By no means am I doubting Morant's future. I like his game a lot. He's an explosive athlete, finishes really well around the rim, knows how to make plays, and has the mentality to lead an NBA team. I'm just curious to see how his rookie campaign goes and whether or not he can threaten to win rookie of the year honors. Everyone seems to think that award will go to Zion Williamson, but perhaps Morant will make a strong case for himself.
As we look ahead to the 2019-20 NBA season, Ja Morant is definitely a name to keep a close eye on. He's got a lot of potential and a lot to prove as the #2 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The Grizzlies need someone to energize their franchise and hopefully for them Morant will deliver the goods.
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