It looks as if Ja Morant will be the clear favorite to win the Rookie of the Year award. Zion Williamson did his best to make it into a race between the two, but the NBA announced that voting for individual honors will be completed before the restart of the season.
So it’s safe to say that rookie sensation will claim the award, and he deserves it.
Ja Morant became a superstar during his rookie season
Morant was a big-time name coming out of college after an impressive performance in his last season at Murray State University. He was a consensus first-team All-American in 2019. Everyone knew that going into the NBA draft, and he would be a lottery pick. The Memphis Grizzlies selected him with the second overall pick. The Grizzlies made the right decision in selecting Morant. In his NBA debut, he had 14 points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal, and a block. Morant quickly adapted to the NBA game. He possesses a high basketball IQ and knows how to control the tempo of the game.
Playing the point guard position, Morant has handled his duties well. He scored a career-high 30 points against the Brooklyn Nets. When the ball is in his hands, Morant puts his team in a good chance to succeed on the offensive end. Even though he’s a rookie, he plays like he’s been in the league for a few years. His quickness and explosiveness allow him to blow past defenders and get to the hole. He also knows how to finish at the rim through contact. Morant has already put together an impressive highlight tape, and he will continue to play at a high level in the league.
The Grizzlies are currently in eighth place in the Western Conference with a 32-33 record. Morant has played a significant part in the Grizzlies becoming a playoff team. The Grizzlies will fight to keep that eighth spot when the season resumes at the end of July. Morant will continue to put his team in the best position to win games.
Leading the way for the rookies
Morant is leading all rookies in scoring averaging 17.6 points per game. He also leads all rookies in assists per game with 6.9. When he first came into the league, Morant had his sights on winning the Rookie of the Year award. If Morant is not on the Grizzlies, there’s a good chance that they would not be in the position that they are currently in.
When you look at the rookies that have impacted their teams, Morant is certainly on the top of that list. Zion Williamson has made an impact as well, but due to his injury that he suffered before the season, he was forced to miss some games. Morant has played in more games, and his impact on the game was noticed across the league.
Ja Morant knows he deserves the Rookie of the Year award
If you ask Morant who he thinks deserves the award, there’s no question that he would say himself. Morant spoke on Bleacher’s Report’s ‘Take it There with Taylor Rooks,’ a few months ago and said he didn’t believe the race for the Rookie of the Year was close. “I feel like my play this year proved all that. Had a great season so far. This corona stopped that short a little bit,” Morant said when speaking with Rooks.
Morant is confident in his game, and he knows he proved himself before the season was delayed. When the season resume, he’ll be ready to lead his team to a playoff push and show why he’s the best Rookie in the league.