Marcus Morris scored 17 points (5-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT) while adding four rebounds and a steal in 40 minutes during Friday's loss to the Thunder.
The entire Detroit roster struggled in the road loss, shooting 34.4 percent from the floor, so Morris' efforts weren't that bad relatively speaking. His bulk numbers are up in his first season with the Detroit Pistons , but his shooting efficiency has taken a tumble as his offensive responsibilities have increased, and his 38.8 percent field goal percentage and 27.4 three point percentage would both be his lowest since he became a rotation regular.
Morris was unable to get the offense going Monday with his season-low point total. The 26 minutes he played was also a season-low. This may have been the result of the
Marcus Morris recorded 16 points (6-14 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds, one steal, and one block in 36 minutes during the Detroit Pistons ' 96-86 win versus the Wolves on Friday.
Morris has been one of the top waiver wire adds of the season, and continues to impress while playing both forward positions for the Pistons. Morris couldn't find his range from deep on this night, but the fact that he is arguably the team's most potent threat from beyond the arc makes him extremely valuable on a squad that looks to provide Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond with enough space to run the pick-and-roll at astronomical rates.
Marcus Morris turned in a double-double in his regular season debut for the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. He had 18 points (6-19 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT) with 10 rebounds and four assists in a win against the Hawks.
Morris certainly didn't appear to miss his twin brother Markieff that much in his first regular season action in Detroit. Starting at SF for Stan Van Gundy, Morris poured in 18 points, eight more than his average from last season. The Pistons gave it to an Atlanta team that won 60 games en route to an Eastern Conference regular season title in 2014-15. Morris played 37 minutes, which he isn't very accustomed to seeing in one night, so he's worth an add early on in the fantasy season.
Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed that Marcus Morris would open the season as the team's starting small forward, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.
Morris and rookie Stanley Johnson looked to be neck-and-neck in the competition for the starting role during the first half of training camp, but Johnson's struggles down the stretch in the face of Morris' strong shooting performances allowed the veteran to capture the job. Johnson is still expected to remain an integral member of Van Gundy's rotation, however, so it's far from guaranteed that Morris exceeds 30 minutes of playing time in Tuesday's season opener against the Hawks.
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