Preview: Rookies will rule in Washington Wizards vs Memphis Grizzlies

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Washington Wizards Ja Morant
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Ja Morant

After thrusting himself into the national consciousness during March Madness, Ja Morant has done nothing but impress since being drafted second overall in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Actually, impress is an understatement. Ja Morant has taken expectations and gleefully shattered them during his rookie campaign. He’s nearly making us all forget about Zion Williamson‘s absence. Morant’s aggressive play has Scott Brooks comparing him to Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal comparing him to John Wall. Now that’s high praise.

Despite missing six games this season, Morant is easily the front runner for this year’s Rookie of the Year Award. In 19 games this season, Morant is averaging 18.7 points, 6.4 assists, and 3.2 rebounds with a 49.6 percent effective field goal percentage.

Plus, he’s throwing down dunks like these with ease.

Morant is a problem for any opponent, but the Wizards could be in particular trouble against the explosive point guard. Morant’s speed, athleticism, and length (6’7″ wingspan) will cause problems for both Ish Smith and Chris Chiozza. If Brooks wants to bother Morant on the offensive end, he’d be better off giving Isaac Bonga or Troy Brown the Morant assignment.

Either way, it’ll be tough to stop Morant no matter who the Wizards throw at him. Morant already has one 30-point game this season and five games of 25+ points. Will he add another vs the Wizards?

Although Morant missed the Grizzlies’ last game, he is probable for their game vs the Wizards.