Before the start of the season, there were legit concerns about how much if at all, Marcus Morris would play this season with a healthy Gordon Hayward back in the mix.
Not only has Morris carved out a solid niche for playing time, but he’s doing so at a level that may result in him achieving the seemingly unthinkable - garnering an All-Star nod.
While it remains very much a long shot right now, the Celtics continue to stack up wins combined with his impact on that winning, will at a minimum inject his play into the conversation.
“Someone asked me about that the other day,” Morris told reporters following practice on Sunday in San Antonio. “You know, I’m not really focusing on that right now. We got a lot of games to play. We’re trying to keep winning; whatever happens, happens.”
Morris is averaging career-highs in points per game (15.4), rebounds (6.2), field goal percentage (50.0), 3-point shooting (43.7 percent) and free throw shooting (89.5).
But more telling is how efficient he has been when it comes to generating points for Boston.
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Morris has an effective Field Goal Percentage (a statistical calculation which accounts for 3-pointers being worth 50 percent more than two-pointers) of 60.4 which is better than several all-stars that include Giannis Antetokounmpo (59.7), Anthony Davis (59.0), LeBron James (57.0) and James Harden (54.6).
But the praise that has come Morris’ way of late, has clearly not gone to his head.
While asked in a multitude of ways about his thoughts on being a potential All-Star this year, Morris consistently shifted the focus back on the team and how that remains his focus.
“It is what it is,” Morris said of the All-Star talk. “I’m not … the team success depends on a lot of stuff. That’s my main focus is, try and win games for this team.”
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