Morant was voted the 2019-20 Rookie of the Year, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. There was never much doubt, as Morant had an electric first season with the Grizzlies, and Zion Williamson ultimately missed too much time to be considered for the No.1 spot in the voting. Morant's pre-bubble averages -- seeding games did not factor into voting -- were 17.6 points, 6.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds across 30.0 minutes per game. Built into his case were the extremely low preseason expectations for the Grizzlies, who were considered one of the worst teams in the NBA. However, Morant's presence helped carry them to a play-in game against the Blazers for the last spot in the Western Conference playoff picture. Though the performances didn't count toward the award, Morant shouldered a huge role in the seeding games, averaging 20.8 points, 9.7 assists and 6.1 rebounds in 38.3 minutes.
Morant supplied 35 points (13-28 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 6-8 FT), eight assists and four rebounds in 42 minutes during Saturday's 126-122 loss to the Trail Blazers. Morant finished with a career high scoring total while nearing a double-double. He stepped up in the most important game of his rookie campaign. However, Morant also committed eight turnovers, and his sloppy play down the stretch contributed to Memphis losing its lead. Still, he's almost certainly on the verge of earning Rookie of the Year honors, and he has Memphis ahead of schedule in terms of the team's competitiveness.
Morant finished with 12 points (5-17 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 13 rebounds and 10 assists in Thursday's 119-106 victory over Milwaukee. Morant struggled from the field, but he still walked away with a triple-double. This was about as unimpressive as a triple-double gets, but Morant still contributed to the Grizzlies grabbing the victory. Despite a poor bubble showing, the Grizzlies will now face the Trail Blazers to decide who will go on to play the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.
Morant totaled 26 points (7-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 11-15 FT), 13 assists, four rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal across 42 minutes in Tuesday's 122-107 loss to the Celtics. Morant's 13 dimes marked his best assist total of bubble play as well as his highest scoring total. Despite his brilliant play, the Grizzlies have been snakebit in Orlando and are now in jeopardy of missing the playoffs. There may be a silver lining against the Bucks on Thursday in a make-or-break game as the Bucks may elect to rest several players. Morant and his fellow starters will almost assuredly play their normal workload as they try to sneak into the playoff bracket.
Morant had 17 points (7-19 FG, 2-4 3PT, 1-1 FT) and 10 assists in Sunday's loss to Toronto. It was another valiant effort from Morant, who played 41 minutes, but the Grizzlies are just 1-5 in Orlando and clinging to the final playoff spot in the West. The rookie's 10 assists were game-high, and he's now averaging 9.3 dimes per game in the bubble.
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