Washington Wizards: How did Rui Hachmiura’s first NBA game compare to the other rookies?

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Ja Morant

14 points. Four rebounds. Four assists. One steal. One block. Six turnovers

The Memphis Grizzlies drafted the pass-happy point guard number two overall to be the replacement for Mike Conley, who was traded to the Utah Jazz. Ja Morant had an up and down first game as he scored 14 points, with four rebounds, four assists, a steal, and a block. He only shot 50% from the field as he went six of 12 and missed the only three-pointer he attempted. Morant showcased his elite ability to finish at the rim with some highlight layups. In the first half, Morant caught a pass and finished in the air to showcase his insane aerial abilities. Fastbreak Breakfast tweeted out the highlight.

However, Morant showed he still has a lot to learn as he turned the ball over six times, all in the second half. The point guard wasn’t happy with his performance as he knows he can still improve. He had this to say after the game. “I felt like I could have been better in a lot of places.” Morant also added on how he knows he needs to work on where he struggled in the game. Morant was quoted on saying, ”I’m looking forward to tomorrow, practice…That’s where we can get better, study film and go out there and fix our mistakes.”

As long as Morant doesn’t settle and continues to hold himself to high expectations, he will grow into the leader Memphis needs.