September 15, 2020, 6:16 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson was named to the 2019-20 NBA All-Rookie First Team on Tuesday, joining Ja Morant, Kendrick Nunn, Brandon Clarke and Eric Paschall.
Williamson capped off a disjointed rookie season, receiving 87 of a possible 100 votes to take his place in the All-Rookie First Team. Along with Morant, Nunn and Clarke, Williamson was really a no-brainer when it came to selecting the team. Paschall narrowly beat out Tyler Herro for the fifth spot on the team, an honor he certainly earned with his impressive play on an underwhelming Warriors team.
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September 3, 2020, 6:38 pmJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant has been awarded the NBA Rookie of the Year award for 2019-20.
Morant was taken with the second overall selection by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2019 NBA Draft and put together an impressive rookie season. He ended the season as a sixth-round talent in 8-category leagues with averages of 18.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 0.9 steals on 48 percent shooting from the field. Morant has the Grizzlies primed to be a competitive force for many seasons and was certainly a worthy winner of the award. He beat out Kendrick Nunn and Zion Williamson, who finished second and third respectively.
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August 16, 2020, 12:16 pmJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant revealed that he played the final four games of the Orlando bubble with a right thumb fracture.
There's already a ton to love about Morant's game, and this news only paints his performances in a more impressive light. In Saturday's do-or-die game with the Blazers, Morant went for a career-high 35 points in 42 minutes, and he managed two double-doubles and a triple-double in the three other games he was playing with the fracture. The presumptive Rookie of the Year, Morant introduced himself to a national audience that doesn't usually watch much of the Grizzlies, and his first impression was a sensational one. Expect Morant to be a popular player in next year's fantasy drafts.
August 15, 2020, 5:45 pmJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant saved his best for last, scoring a career-high 35 points in 42 minutes during Saturday's loss to the Blazers, chipping in eight assists and four rebounds.
The Grizzlies fell agonizingly short of forcing another game against the Blazers and unfortunately, their season has come to an end. Morant led all scorers with 35 points and almost carried Grizzlies to victory. The favorite to secure Rookie of the Year honors, Morant has had a productive season, although there are certainly a couple of holes in his fantasy game. He should be a hot target when draft season rolls around and those chasing the young star will likely have to use a third or fourth-round pick to secure his services.
August 13, 2020, 6:33 pmJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant earned himself a triple-double in Friday's 119-106 victory over the Bucks, providing 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in 34 minutes.
Morant's triple-double wasn't the best on the team as Jonas Valančiūnas also earned one with better efficiency. Morant struggled from the field (5-of-17) and committed six turnovers but he did enough to help lead his team to the NBA play-in game in his rookie campaign. Ja will have to battle either Devin Booker and the Suns or Damian Lillard of the Blazers on Saturday depending on the result of the Blazers-Nets game.
August 11, 2020, 10:43 pmJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant dished 13 assists in the Grizzlies' loss to the Celtics on Tuesday, finishing with 26 points, four rebounds and two blocks in 42 minutes.
Morant, who went 7-for-13 from the field and knocked down just one 3-pointer, was all over the court but could not will his team to victory on Tuesday. The Grizzlies really needed the win, but this season and the time in the bubble will be valuable experiences for both the Grizzlies as a whole and Morant as a player. He should continue to develop into the star most expect him to become.
August 8, 2020, 3:15 pmJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant, Zion Williamson and Kendrick Nunn are the finalists for the 2019-20 Rookie of the Year award.
It's Morant's to lose, as Zion would've had a shot had he been able to play in more games. Nunn impressed for the Heat, earning a starting role out of training camp, but Morant's explosive play vaulted the Grizzlies from the league's cellar to a playoff position when the league was suspended due to the pandemic.
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August 7, 2020, 7:17 pmJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant led the Grizzlies to a much needed 121-92 win over the Thunder on Friday, ending the contest with 19 points (5-of-12 FG, 7-of-7 FT), nine assists, four rebounds and two 3-pointers over 32 minutes.
Morant's shooting is slowly coming around to a respectable place, and the assists continue to arrive in bunches. He's receiving plenty of minutes, and if the Grizzlies want to make the playoffs they'll have to keep pushing Morant's workload to the limit. That's the best news we can ask for from a fantasy perspective.
August 5, 2020, 6:52 pmJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant nearly had himself a double-double in Wednesday's loss to the Jazz, providing 20 points and nine assists with six rebounds, two steals, two 3-pointers and two turnovers in 37 minutes.
Morant shot the ball well on Wednesday, making 8-of-15 from the field and 2-of-3 from distance. Unfortunately, the Grizzlies continue to drop games since the restart began and are now only one game up on the Blazers and just two games up on the Spurs and Pelicans. The positive news from a fantasy perspective is that Ja will be asked to play and do as much as possible for the team's last four contests as each game will likely be a must-win.
August 3, 2020, 10:38 pmJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant went 5-for-21 from the floor and scored 11 points on Monday as the Grizzlies fell to the Pelicans.
Morant added eight assists and five rebounds but just couldn't find the range. He made only one 3-pointer despite attempting 10 of them. Grayson Allen fared much better, hitting five triples on his way to 17 points off the bench. Fantasy owners shouldn't get too discouraged, as Morant has shown plenty of promise during his rookie campaign.
August 2, 2020, 8:37 pmJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant went off for 25 points (10-of-18 FG), nine assists and nine rebounds on Sunday, but it was not enough to guide the Grizzlies past the Spurs.
Morant did his part over nearly 37 minutes of action, but the Grizzlies dropped another important game as they seek to knock off their competitors for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. He's getting all of the playing time he can handle at the moment and is posting plenty of shot attempts too boot. Enjoy the ride as the presumptive Rookie Of The Year races to the finish line.
July 31, 2020, 8:01 pmJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant notched a double-double in the Grizzlies' first game back on Friday, playing 41 minutes and finishing with 22 PTS (7-for-22 FG, 1-for-7 3PT), 11 dimes, five rebounds and a steal in an 140-135 OT loss to the Blazers.
Morant's shot was a little rusty in this one, as he only knocked down a single 3-pointer. He was still his usual self as a facilitator, however, and will undoubtedly remain captain of the Grizzlies' attack through the seeding games and into the playoffs (if they end up qualifying). Obviously, it would be nice if Morant was able to splash a couple more shots from deep, but the Grizzlies put up a good fight on Friday afternoon nonetheless.
July 26, 2020, 10:44 pmJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant put up 17 points with nine assists on 7-of-15 shooting in a loss to the Rockets on Sunday.
Morant played much better in this game than he did in the first scrimmage, but he 3-point shot was still not falling as he made just one of three attempts. He added three steals and one block to the box score as well. Morant will have to continue leading the offense if the Grizzlies want to hold their spot as the eighth seed.
July 24, 2020, 6:39 pmJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant struggled with his shot on Friday, putting up seven points (3-of-12 FG), eight assists, five rebounds and two turnovers versus the Sixers.
The Sixers are a tough matchup and we should not read into Morant's struggle too much here. He received 26 minutes and still put together a full line, and the Grizzlies will be going full throttle in Orlando to secure the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. The talent is hard to ignore with Morant, and he's a true wild card to draft in restart leagues for the eight-game sprint to the finish.
July 15, 2020, 2:15 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson missed much of his rookie year after undergoing knee surgery but still finished with top-100 value on a per-game basis in 8-category leagues.
The first overall pick in the 2019 Draft was electrifying from the start. He ended the regular season averaging 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks. Williamson shot 58.9 percent from the field while being eased along at 29.7 minutes per contest. While Ja Morant won the Rookie of the Year award, Zion mostly lived up to the hype in his first 19 appearances. However, owners who waited months for his return were probably disappointed by his 64.5 percent shooting from the charity stripe. Zion can also improve his fantasy stock if he is more of a deterrent around the rim.