Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant opens up about chip on his shoulder amid NBA rise
Memphis Grizzlies rookie point guard Ja Morant plays with an aggression and chip on his shoulder every single night he’s on the floor.
Morant went from an overlooked recruit out of high school to the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 draft. He’s viewed by many as the front runner to win the 2020 Rookie of the Year Award since he has been playing great and leading the Grizzlies to wins in the rugged Western Conference.
“It’s just my edge,” Ja Morant said, via ESPN. “The chip I have on my shoulder from what I had to go through to get to the NBA.
“My dad always told me that I was trained to go, basically that I’m built for the moment. And my mom always told me I’m beneath no one.”
Morant has appeared in 42 games for the Grizzlies this season. He’s averaging 17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 7.2 assists while shooting 48.9 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free-throw line.
The Grizzlies are fortunate they were able to replace Mike Conley with Morant. All signs point toward Ja being a dynamic and franchise cornerstone for Memphis for the next decade or so.
For what it’s worth, despite preseason predictions that said they were headed to the lottery this 2020, the Grizzlies are in contention for a postseason spot, as they hold the eighth seed in the Western Conference.