Ja Morant

Ja Morant

22-Year-Old GuardG
Memphis Grizzlies
GTD
Injury Knee
Est. Return 8/1/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The 2019-20 Rookie of the Year, Morant's numbers took a step back last season. He ranked 74th in per-game fantasy production as a rookie, with that number dropping to 114th in 2020-21. The main culprit was his decreasing efficiency. All of Morant's shooting percentages fell, with the point guard hitting just 44.9 percent of his field goals and 72.8 percent of his free throws. He's also not a positive in the three-pointers (1.2) or steals (0.9) categories. Obviously, Morant's 19.1 points and 7.4 assists per game were excellent, but his real-life reputation far outweighed his fantasy value last season. That said, it's clear that Morant has what it takes to be an elite point guard. His performances in the play-in games and five playoff contests were fantastic. In his final seven appearances, Morant averaged 29.4 points, 7.6 assists, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.4 threes across 41.3 minutes on 48/37/73 shooting. Morant will need to find a way to become a consistent three-point shooter and stat-accumulating defender to make a massive leap as a fantasy player, but he absolutely has the talent to do it. Plus, he's already proven he can be a nightly 30-and-10 threat with a below-average jumpshot. Based on pure upside, Morant will be a popular selection, potentially as high as the third round, but fantasy managers must be cognizant of the holes in his stat profile over his first two NBA seasons. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $17.9 million contract with the Grizzlies in July of 2019. Grizzlies exercised $9.6 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020. Grizzlies exercised $12.12 million team option for 2022-23 in October of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Morant was born in 1999 in Dalzell, South Carolina. As both a junior and senior at Crestwood High School, Morant earned South Carolina 3A All-State honors. He was also a three-time Region MVP. As a senior, he averaged 27 points, eight rebounds and eight assists per game. Morant finished as the school's all-time leading scorer (1,679 points). Check the South Carolinian out on Twitter (@JaMorant). As a sophomore, Morant was named to the All-America first team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches after the 2018-19 season. He was also pegged as the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year. The guard led the nation in assists in 2018-19 season with 331, which were also the sixth most in NCAA single-season history. Morant was also eighth in the country in average scoring (24.5 points) and ninth in double-doubles (20). He was also the MVP of the OVC Tournament after averaging 32.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists en route to the tournament title. Despite losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (to Florida), Morant tied an NCAA first-round record with 16 assists. As a freshman Morant was named to the All-OVC first and All-OVC Newcomer teams. Morant declared for the 2019 NBA Draft after his sophomore season. The Datzell, South Carolina native was drafted No. 2 overal by the Grizzlies.

Avoids surgery
GMemphis Grizzlies
Knee
May 15, 2022
Grizzlies general manager Zach Kleiman said Friday that Morant's knee injury won't require surgery, and the All-Star point guard is expected to be 100 percent before the start of training camp, Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian reports.
ANALYSIS
Morant was diagnosed with a bone bruise on his left knee after leaving in the second half of Game 3 against the Warriors. He was sidelined for the remainder of the series due to the issue, but the positive news is that it won't impact his status for the 2022-23 campaign. Morant was named the Most Improved Player during the 2021-22 season after posting 27.4 points, 6.7 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 33.1 minutes.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Might not return this season
GMemphis Grizzlies
May 10, 2022
Morant suffered a bone bruise and could miss the rest of the playoffs, according to Alex Kirschenbaum of Hoops Rumors.
ANALYSIS
The Grizzlies are down 3-1 in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Warriors and if getting past Golden State was already hard with Morant leading the way, it seems impossible they'd be able to mount a comeback without their star floor general. If he can't play during the rest of the playoffs, the Grizzlies expect Morant to fully recover from the injury during the 2022 offseason.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
The 2019-20 Rookie of the Year, Morant had one of the best first-year point guard campaigns in recent memory. Helping carry a team with extremely low expectations, the Murray State product averaged 17.8 points, 7.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 31.0 minutes per game. He also shot well all around, hitting 47.7 percent of his field goals, 33.5 percent of his 2.7 three-point attempts per game and 77.6 percent of his free throws. Morant also supplied an impressive 15 double-doubles and two triple-doubles in his 67 appearances. Now it's up to Morant to build upon increasingly high expectations in 2020-21, which won't be easy in a Western Conference that appears to be as stacked as ever. The rookie finished with a per-game, eight-category fantasy rank of 63 last season, with his most obvious weakness being three-point shooting, where he converted only 0.9 per contest. Morant was also relatively average on defense, combining for 1.2 steals-plus-blocks. Fantasy managers who are banking on those improvements -- or even improvements elsewhere -- will certainly select Morant higher than he was valued last season, and it wouldn't be surprising if his name was trending in the late-third to early-fourth rounds of most drafts.
Morant will presumably take over the Grizzlies' starting point guard spot, which was vacated as a result of the trade of Mike Conley to the Jazz. Morant, the 2018-19 OVC Player of the Year and Consensus All-American, averaged 24.5 points, 10.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals across 36.6 minutes last year with Murray State. He's lauded for his athleticism and playmaking ability, but an underdeveloped jumpshot and tendency to turn the ball over could be a cause of early struggles in the NBA. Rookie point guards can often get off to a rough start, but fantasy owners should be confident that the rookie will have a big role with the Grizzlies right out of the gate, and Memphis is likely to let Morant get plenty of reps considering the team's rebuilding status. Morant makes for a safer pick in points leagues, where a potentially troublesome field-goal percentage and lack of threes won't damage his fantasy value.
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Likely out for rest of postseason
GMemphis Grizzlies
Knee
May 10, 2022
Morant (knee) has been diagnosed with a bone bruise on his right knee and is considered doubtful to return for the remainder of the playoffs, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Officially out
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Knee
May 9, 2022
Morant (knee) has been ruled out for Monday's Game 4 against Golden State, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
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Doesn't participate in shootaround
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May 9, 2022
Morant (knee) didn't participate in the Grizzlies' shootaround ahead of Monday's Game 4 against the Warriors, Drew Hill of The Daily Memphian reports.
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Officially doubtful for Game 4
GMemphis Grizzlies
Knee
May 8, 2022
Morant (knee) is doubtful for Monday's Game 4 against the Warriors.
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Unlikely to play in Game 4
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May 8, 2022
Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins said Sunday that Morant (knee) is unlikely to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Warriors, Kendra Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
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