Having played with each other for 21-years, the Morris twins were separated at last during the 2011 NBA Draft as Markieff Morris was picked up by the Phoenix Suns at No. 13, one pick ahead of his brother Marcus Morris at No. 14 by the Houston Rockets.
Throughout the months after declaring for draft, Marcus, the 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year, had been projected to be picked before Markieff, the more understated of the two on-and-off the court.
Going into training camp, many said that Marcus could be in the starting lineup at the 3 in no time. However, that is no longer going to be the case.
The Houston Rockets have made the decision to send Morris to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League to allow him to play full time, giving Morris’ to Patrick Patterson, Chandler Parsons, and Terrence Williams.
When asked about the move, Rockets GM Daryl Morey, explained why Marcus may not yet be ‘league ready’.
“Our focus for Marcus is to work on his defense and his offense at the three.”
It is apparent that the team is looking to have Marcus work on his small forward ability– his likely future spot if he makes a comeback.
Side note to all— The ‘understated’ twin, Markieff Morris, had 16 points & 9 assists against the Warriors Monday afternoon, helping his team defeat Golden State with a 102-91 victory.