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Grizzlies’ Ja Morant reacts to Zion Williamson making All-Star team

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Ja Morant has been a key contributor for the Memphis Grizzlies this season, but he was a longshot to make the NBA All-Star team. Despite Morant missing out on making his first All-Star Game, he congratulated New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson on his first All-Star nod on Tuesday.

Williamson, who was in the same draft class with Morant in 2019, is currently recording 25.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. All of those numbers are career-highs for the second-year forward, and he’s also shooting an impressive 61.6 percent from the field.

Despite the Grizzlies having a better record than the Pelicans, Williamson has been more consistent than Morant. Plus, Zion has been more productive and the NBA likely realizes that having him at the game brings more attention to it.

Before Ja Morant congratulated Zion Williamson on making the All-Star team, he did seemingly express his disappointment in not making the All-Star Game himself.

While Morant is disappointed in not making the All-Star Game, it’s hard to pick someone for him to replace, especially in a Western Conference that is loaded in the backcourt. The known backcourt players in the Western Conference are Luka Doncic, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell and Chris Paul.

Even though Morant is producing 19.1 points and 7.9 assists, the Grizzlies aren’t currently a playoff team. And once again, Ja has missed some games due to injury, which puts him at a disadvantage against the other talented guards in the Western Conference. Despite missing out on the All-Star Game himself, which is an accolade that he’ll likely earn plenty in his career, it’s certainly nice to see him show respect to his peers.