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Markieff Morris: Williams not all that great

Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:23 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Most are projecting Arizona big man Derrick Williams to go for sure in the top five. Many have him in their top two, mostly likely going second overall either to the Timberwolves or the team David Kahn inevitably trades with.

But Kansas forward Markieff Morris says that Williams isn't all that great. Via The Washington Post:
“I didn’t think he was as good as advertised,” Morris said. “He got the benefit of the calls from the ref and we had to guard him different. He definitely had a good game against us, because we couldn’t guard him how we wanted to guard him, and that’s what happened.”

So when he hears that Williams is a lock to go in the top two, Morris said, “It’s still surprises me. What he did to Duke, he wouldn’t do that to me or my brother [Marcus]. I’m dead serious. He wouldn’t. At all. He’s good. But if we was to work out, I would go at him and I would be able to stop him more than people would expect, you know what I mean.”

Geez, shots fired. Morris is projected as a mid-to-late first rounder. Obviously he's looking to make some noise and move his name up a bit, but he straight called out Williams there. Some though like that kind of confidence and swagger from a player. Morris is making a statement that he doesn't back down and he's not intimidated by anyone even if he's supposed to go No. 2 overall.

But at the same time, that strong-headed talk and bullishness sometimes turns off people. And you can be sure that Williams hears it loud and clear. The motive for Morris to say it is obviously to get people talking about him and bring his name up for the next few days.

I remember Brandon Jennings pulling that same thing in 2009 saying Ricky Rubio wasn't as good as everyone thought either. It was stirring the pot and it got people talking. Not a bad strategy, even if it's outrageously arrogant.

Williams had 27 points and seven rebounds in the lone game his Wildcats played against Kansas last season. Kansas though, won. Markieff had 15 points while brother Marcus finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. After that game Kansas coach Bill Self said, "I don't think anyone would argue [Williams] was the best player on the court." Well, evidently Markieff wants to argue about it.


Since: May 31, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:14 pm

Markieff Morris: Williams not all that great

"Derrick Williams will only be limited by the size of his ego. " Are you kidding me?  What ego? Explain to me one time in his career where he displayed any sign of a big ego. Morris said he wouldn't have had as good of a game as he did if the refs let them play the defense they wanted? Well if you call hacking playing defense, then feel free to play your defense, but don't expect to stay on the floor too long.  D-Will is a beast! The Cavs should take Williams 1 and Kemba Walker 4.

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:18 pm

Markieff Morris: Williams not all that great

The previous comment is retarded. First off, its PR. Its not sour grapes. Morris is good........and williams IS overrated in terms of the NBA game. A lot of GMS think this.  Its sports writers who keep harping on this being all about irving and williams.  What Markieff (its not a funny name? What a simpleton NOT amusing comment) says has a certain validity. I like trash talk in its place. I happen to think Willaims will under-achive a bit, the NBA. He's good, not great. Id rather have Kanter any day. And really, Id rather have Vesely or Biyambo or Kemba.

Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:30 am

Markieff Morris: Williams not all that great

I'm not so lenient with with "funnyname" Morris. He's just some bitter and underachieving player still immersed in the press clippings he continues to read about his high school glory days. If you ask me, he's lucky to even be considered as a first rounder. Maybe it's because it's an almost consensus opinion (according to the Giant Talking Heads and Bloggers and Analysts, etc.) that this is a weak draft class which I'm not so sure of that. If you look at some of the draft classes of the past 10 years you'll see where only a few of the top 20 went on to any sort of stardom. And as they say, it takes several years before a draft class can be reviewed fairly. But back to Mr. Funnyname Morris, how in the heck can you say a player is not what he's being promoted to be if he scored 27 points against your team and you and your brother had ample opportunity to guard him? This particular Morris brother needs to sit back, count his blessings and realize how lucky he is that he came out this year because he might have gotten revealed even more next year.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:53 pm

Markieff Morris: Williams not all that great

Markieff is not an arrogant player at all. He does have confidence in his game. Although Williams outscored Morris (either) in their November game, the Jayhawks won the game on a neutral court by nine. KU plays a team-oriented game while in that game it was nearly all Williams. But Markieff's point should not be ignored. At 6-8 Williams is undersized at PF in the NBA. He may also not be quick enough to guard the SF position. Markieff's twin Marcus has essentially the same problem. He is a SF while Markieff is definitely a PF.

So there is some chance that Markieff plays better than Williams in the NBA. Both can shoot from distance. Markieff has better post moves. Markieff is a better rebounder in traffic while Williams is quicker to the ball on long rebounds. Does that mean Markieff will be drafted in the top three? No, and that is likely the point he is making. Some teams envision the top two spots in the draft this year as the only ones to get a star. The top ten-fifteen will become starters or bust, depending on who they take. But Markieff could go before Marcus and both should be in that top fifteen with Williams.

As far as the twins' dream of playing together in the NBA, it looks highly unlikely. Should they somehow find themselves together in the future they bring a synergy that is uncommon for two players, knowing as twins exactly what the other is about to do. When they meet from opposing teams they may serve to cancel each other out.

Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 5:13 pm

Markieff Morris: Williams not all that great

I watched the KU-Arizona game from last December.  Williams did not impress me all that much although he had a good game against the Jayhawks.  He seemed to be a very selfish player at that point in the season.  When he got the ball, the other players kinda stood back and watched.

I then saw him in the tournament.  I believe it was against Texas where he made 2 or 3 absolutely outstanding plays at the end to allow Arizona to advance.  Sean Miller's coaching must have had a positive effect on Williams and his Wildcat teammates.  The Derrick Williams I saw in the tournament was a much more polished, team player than the one that played against Kansas in December.

If Derrick can continue to develop at the NBA level, he will be a special player.  After the Cavs got the number 1 pick in the draft with the Clippers' pick, I immediately thought that Derrick Williams and one of the 3 special point guards would be absolutely what the Cavs need to return to the playoffs.

As much I as I love the Jayhawks and the Morris twins, they never really showed the explosiveness and the ability to take over a game individually like Williams can.  Probably, like other players of this era, Derrick Williams will only be limited by the size of his ego.  Keep that under control, Derrick, and you will be a very special player for the Cavs or whomever drafts you next month.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:00 am

Markieff Morris: Williams not all that great

This must be a case of a slightly above-average player attempting to put his name out there.  Markieff isn't even the best player in his immediate family, but he's calling out one of the top 3 or 4 talents in the draft? 

Also, since the author mentioned Rubio, what happened to that kid?  Is he ever going to actually play in the NBA or are we just pretending Minnesota didn't use a lottery pick on him?  The talk at the time had him playing a couple of years in Europe before coming here, but no one has even mentioned his name in regards to who Minnesota will put on the court next season (if there IS a next season).

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