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Marcus Thomas Morris (born September 2, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. He played college basketball at Kansas University before being selected 14th overall in the 2011 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets

Early life

Morris was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has four brothers, and his twin brother Markieff also plays in the NBA.

College Career

Morris attended the University of Kansas and was named the 2010–11 Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year. On March 30, 2011, Morris was named to the ten-member John R. Wooden Award Men's All American team. Morris and his brother signed with a sports agent from Los Angeles, and announced that they would enter the 2011 NBA draft.

Professional Career

Houston Rockets

Morris was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, five minutes after his brother Markieff was taken with the 13th pick by the Phoenix Suns. He was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League on January 2, 2012. Morris returned to the Rockets on January 16. After an injury to Patrick Patterson, Rockets head coach Kevin McHale named Morris the opening day starter at power forward for the 2012–13 season. When told he would be starting, Morris thought McHale was kidding, since he rarely played his rookie season and was hurt during the preseason. During the course of the season, Morris was the backup power forward to Patterson, and started 17 games while Patterson was injured. His three-point shot was much improved from his rookie season, more than tripling the percentage from 12% to 38%. He also greatly improved his averages in other areas too.

Phoenix Suns

In 2013, Morris was traded to the Suns where he was reunited with his twin brother. On March 1, 2013, Morris scored 16 points to help the Suns defeat the Atlanta Hawks 92–87. He made four out of five three-point attempts. He went on to start alongside Markieff on March 10, 2013 against his former team, the Rockets, which made the Morris twins the first set of twin brothers to ever start for the same NBA team.

On September 29, 2014, Morris signed a multi-year contract extension with the Suns. In the Suns' 2014–15 season opener on October 29, 2014, Morris recorded 21 points in the 119–99 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

On February 6, 2015, Morris recorded his first career double-double with career highs of 34 points and 12 rebounds in a 100–93 win over the Utah Jazz. His double-double off the bench marked him as just the second player after Brook Lopez in 2014–15 to record a 30-point, 10-rebound game off the bench. The last Suns player to do it was Danny Manning in 1997

Detroit Pistons

On July 9, 2015, Morris was traded to the Detroit Pistons, along with Reggie Bullock and Danny Granger, in exchange for a 2020 second-round draft pick. He made his debut for the Pistons on October 27, 2015, in the team's season opener against the Atlanta Hawks. In 37 minutes of action as a starter, he recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 106–94 win.

On February 3, 2017, Morris scored a career-high 36 points in a 116–108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. On February 28, Morris set a new career high with 37 points in a 120–113 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Boston Celtics

On July 7, 2017, Morris was traded to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Avery Bradley and a 2019 second-round draft pick. Morris helped the Celtics find good success in the years that he was in Boston, and was a quality role player for the Celtics.

New York Knicks

On July 16, 2019, Morris signed with the New York Knicks. On January 5, 2020, Morris scored a career-high 38 points and tied his career high for field goals made (13) in a 135–132 loss against the Los Angeles Clippers. Despite being one of the primary scoring options on the Knicks, Morris was very interested in being traded to a contender.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Knicks traded Morris to the Los Angeles Clippers in a three team trade with the Washington Wizards on February 6, 2020, sending Maurice Harkless to New York and Jerome Robinson to Washington; the Clippers also acquired Isaiah Thomas from the Wizards in the trade, whom they would later waive.

Morris debuted for the Clippers on February 9, 2020, scoring 10 points in a 133–92 Clippers victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the first round of the playoffs, Morris was ejected during game 6 after commited flagrant foul on Luka Dončić and was fined $35,000, but was never suspended. During the conference semi-finals, Morris would get into an altercation with the Nugget's Paul Millsap. Despite performing well in the series, the Clippers would get eliminated in 7 games.

References

Boston Celtics 2017–18 season roster
4 Larkin • 7 Brown • 9 Silas • 11 Irving • 12 Rozier • 13 Morris • 26 Bird • 27 Theis • 28 Nader • 30 Yabusele • 36 Smart • 37 Ojeleye • 42 Horford • 45 Allen • 46 Baynes • 50 Hayward • 55 Monroe • 60 Gibson • 89 Mendeleevskiy • 0 Tatum
Players who left during the season
N/A
Head coach: Brad Stevens
Regular SeasonPlayoffsFinals
Boston Celtics 2018–19 season roster
7 Brown • 9 Wanamaker • 11 Irving • 12 Rozier • 13 Morris • 25 Dozier • 26 Bird • 27 Theis • 28 Hunter • 30 Yabusele • 36 Smart • 37 Ojeleye • 42 Horford • 44 Williams • 45 Lemon • 46 Baynes • 50 Hayward • 60 Gibson • 89 Mendeleevskiy • 0 Tatum
Players who left during the season
N/A
Head coach: Brad Stevens
Regular SeasonPlayoffsFinals
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