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Kendrick Perkins claims Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant is a combination of Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Rajon Rondo

Grizzlies, Ja Morant

Former NBA big man and current ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins says Memphis Grizzlies rookie point guard Ja Morant is a combination of Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving and Rajon Rondo.

Morant has been nothing short of spectacular this season for the Grizzlies. He’s averaging 18.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game while shooting 47.2 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Ja spoiled Mike Conley’s return to Memphis last week. He led the Grizzlies to a 107-106 win over the Utah Jazz by putting up 25 points and eight assists. Morant outplayed Conley, who finished with 15 points and three assists.

Morant has the nuclear athleticism of Westbrook, the finishing ability of Irving and the passing skills of Rondo. The Grizzlies are very lucky to have Ja as their new franchise player in the post-Conley era.

Back in May, Morant said he’s a big fan of Westbrook’s all-around game and wants to play like that once he gets to the NBA. Westbrook averaged a triple-double in 2018-19 for the third consecutive season.

Morant, for his part, put up 24.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 10.0 assists for Murray State last season, so you can tell he plays a lot like Westbrook already.

The Grizzlies aren’t expected to compete for a playoff spot this season. This year is all about developing Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., Dillon Brooks and Brandon Clarke.