2011 NBA Draft: Lack Of Defined Position Hurt Marcus Morris' Draft Stock, Falls To Houston Rockets

Marcus Morris says he isn’t one. Draft analysts don’t believe he can be the other. Thus the uber-talented Kansas forward has become saddled with what is known as the “tweener” label, and it’s something that definitely hurt Morris’ draft stock as he fell to the No. 14 overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft, landing with the Houston Rockets. Now, Morris will likely have a chip on his shoulder as he sets out to prove he can adequately play the three-spot.

Chad Ford says this is the reason his brother, Markieff, was taken one pick higher than him even though the numbers and scouting reports didn’t even have the brothers similar in overall talent. As Ford writes, “People laughed when NBA scouts said in February that Markieff could go ahead of his twin brother. As the draft got closer, scouts got comfortable that Markieff has a position, while they aren’t sure Marcus does.”

If Morris can fill that small forward spot, he will team with Chase Budinger and maybe Terrence Williams to round out the wing. Morris can certainly play out on the wing as his shot extends to three-point range. However, Morris has a very well-rounded game as he can score from anywhere and rebound well. He’s also a good defender and comes from a great program. In other words, the Rockets should be pleased even if Morris isn’t a 40-minute starter at small forward.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Kansas City

You must be a member of SB Nation Kansas City to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Kansas City. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Kansas City

You must be a member of SB Nation Kansas City to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Kansas City. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.