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Grizzlies star Ja Morant reacts to Allen Iverson boosting MVP hype

Grizzlies, Ja Morant, Allen Iverson

Memphis Grizzlies star point guard Ja Morant put on another show Monday night, following up a career-high 46 points against the Chicago Bulls with a new career-high mark of 52 points against the San Antonio Spurs. In the process of scoring those 52 points, Morant put forth several candidates for highlight of the year, including one of the most ferocious in-game dunks you’ll ever see and a ridiculous buzzer-beater.

The Morant MVP hype is ratcheting up as he continues to lead his Grizzlies to one of the best records in the NBA. Former Grizzlies guard Allen Iverson — who won an MVP with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2001 — showed the love after the big performance:

Morant is typically all over social media, so it’s no surprise that he saw AI’s post and responded:

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During a time where way too many old players disparage the younger generation of stars, it’s always refreshing to see Iverson show them the love, like he did here to the Grizzlies guard. Morant appreciates the respect and reciprocated in kind.

As for Morant winning MVP, it will still be a tall order this season given the ridiculous performances of so many other candidates. Reigning MVP Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo and DeMar DeRozan have been amazing. Stephen Curry is in the mix again. Luka Doncic is making a surge after his slow start. There are just so many quality candidates putting up MVP-caliber performances on a nightly basis.

But even if Morant doesn’t win this season, he’s showing he should be a candidate for years to come. The 22-year-old has made a massive leap in 2021-22, averaging 27.6 points, 6.6 assists and 5.9 rebounds while shooting nearly 50% from the field. If anything, the Grizzlies youngster should win Most Improved Player for transforming from an exciting young player to one of the very best in the NBA on a title contender. Memphis is 43-20 now, which is right behind the Golden State Warriors for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

Don’t be surprised if Iverson’s prediction comes true at some point.