Markieff Morris Advanced Stats
+ Physical power forward with good shooting touch and face-up game
+ Tendency to take tough shots out of back-to-the-basket sets
+ Aggressive defender who can get in foul trouble
Morris enters his fourth year as the presumptive starting power forward, following the departure of Channing Frye via free agency. He is coming off the best season of his career, finishing fourth in Sixth Man of the Year voting, and secured a contract extension over the offseason.
Despite not possessing elite size or length, Morris is a resourceful scorer around the basket who has really developed some nice versatility. He is one of the best roll men in pick-and-roll action, where he averaged almost 1.2 points per possession last season, according to Synergy Sports. Although he isn't especially explosive, he gets decent lift and is able to finish above the rim when he gets a running start. He is also agile enough to catch the ball on shallow rolls and put the ball on the floor en route to the rim.
On the block, Morris uses his strong lower body to create space before taking turnaround or fadeaway jumpers, which are often contested. He is a good catch-and-shoot player out to about 18 feet, but becomes much more inconsistent further out to the 3-point line.
Defensively, Morris improved last season, curbing the needless fouls that plagued him earlier in his career and learning to better toe the line between playing physical defense and blatantly hacking. His size and length mean he has to be proactive when it comes to post defense, and he can get caught off guard at times and ducked in, leaving him with little recourse.