Earlier in the 2021-22 season, Memphis Grizzlies star point guard Ja Morant was staking his claim as a frontrunner for Most Improved Player. But as the Grizzlies continue to win a bunch of games, that Most Improved Player conversation is turning into an MVP conversation.
At least that's the way Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green sees it. Green knows an MVP candidate when he sees one given how long he has been playing with Stephen Curry, and the Warriors big man thinks Morant should be in that convo:
Draymond says Ja should be in the MVP talk 👀 pic.twitter.com/7TCDfDIpw8
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Dray has a point. While Morant shouldn't be among the favorites for MVP just yet, his name should be in the mix as a fringe candidate. The Grizzlies star has bumped his scoring average up from 19.1 points per game last season to 24.7 points per game in 2021-22, and he's also putting up 6.9 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 48.5% from the field and 35.8% from 3-point range. It also helps that he's one of the most electrifying players in the NBA.
Morant's cause is hurt by the fact that the Grizzlies won a bunch of games without him earlier this season when he was injured, but he obviously takes them to new heights when he's on the court. Memphis is way ahead of schedule with a 31-16 record, which has them in third in the Western Conference.
Green and the Warriors have seen up close just how deadly Morant is. After the Grizzlies sent the Warriors packing in the play-in tournament last season, Morant and Co. have won two of the three matchups so far this season, with Morant playing a monster role in the two Memphis wins.
If Morant keeps playing like this and the Grizzlies keep winning, he should definitely get some MVP votes.