ESPN recently named their best NBA players that are under 25 years old, and one of the omissions from the list took it personally. After being left off of the list, Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant took to Twitter to share his reaction to the big snub.
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) April 6, 2021
ESPN’s under-25 list featured Luka Doncic and Zion Williamson in the top-two spots. Following Doncic and Williamson, LaMelo Ball surprisingly secured the third spot while Donovan Mitchell was slotted in at No 4.
The last four players in the top-eight on the list were Jayson Tatum, De’Aaron Fox, Ben Simmons and Devin Booker. Ja Morant obviously wasn’t a fan of the list, insinuating that analysts and fans are sleeping on his game with the Grizzlies so far.
In his first two seasons thus far, Morant is compiling 18.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game. While he’s shooting a modest 46.4 percent from the floor in his career, his 3-point shot (30 percent) needs some tweaking moving forward.
There’s no doubt that Morant possesses an extremely high ceiling for the Grizzlies, but it’s hard to argue that he is more developed than the other players on the list—maybe besides Ball. Once Morant is able to consistently convert his outside shot, he could find himself on an under-25 list in the near future.