The New York Knicks signed forward Marcus Morris to a one year deal worth $15 million dollars last summer. Morris had averaged 13.9 PPG over the last four seasons with the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons playing roughly 30 minutes a night.
With small forward Kevin Knox and power forward Julius Randle on the Knicks roster, I assumed that Morris would be the first forward to come off the bench. However, Morris has started in all seventeen Knicks games this season playing 33.8 minutes a night.
Knox has been that forward off the bench having only started one game this season playing only 20.3 minutes a night. Knox is buried in the starting lineup with the Knicks starting Morris and Randle over Knox.
Morris is averaging a career-high 19.3 PPG/ 6.3 RPG/ 2.9 3PM. Morris has taken his offensive game to the next level this season with the Knicks. His 14.7 field goal attempts per game and 5.8 3PA are a career-high and leads the entire team. Morris alongside RJ Barrett and Julius Randle are the focal point of the Knicks offense.
Prior to the 2019-20 season, Morris had never averaged more than 1.9 3PM in a season. Morris averaging 2.9 threes a night exceeds his career-best by an entire three-pointer. His dramatic increase in attempts and makes comes with a whopping increase in 3P% averaging .510. Prior to this season, Morris has never averaged higher than .381% from three.
Morris is fourth in the NBA in 3P% and tied for 10th in the NBA in total three-point field goals. Of all the players in the top 25 three-point field goals made, Morris has done it in the least amount of attempts (98). Morris has been one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA this season.
The transcendence into Morris being an elite three-point shooter is a pleasant surprise for a young rebuilding Knicks team. He is 30 years old and has taken this opportunity with a young raw talented team and turned into a better version of himself. Alongside Taj Gibson and Wayne Ellington, Morris is one of the most senior members of the Knicks team and has made the most with his time here.
On a one year deal, it doesn’t seem like Morris has much of a future in New York. Knox is 20 years old and has shown signs of improvements from his rookie season while coming off the bench. While it doesn’t have to be the season, at some point the Knicks need to develop Knox into a starter and give him over 30 minutes a night.
The Knicks are 4-13 at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Morris seems like the perfect sell-high candidate. Perhaps the Knicks can swindle a pick or young player from a playoff contender for Morris. His .510 3P% seems unsustainable plus his age doesn’t fit with the Knicks’ long term plans.
Marcus Morris has been a pleasant surprise for the Knicks this season with his career year. Regardless of whether or not he finishes the season in New York, Morris is having an incredibly successful season with the Knicks this early into the season.