Steve Kerr thinks Ja Morant ‘will get real consideration’ for All-Star Game
Memphis Grizzlies rookie sensation Ja Morant had a very quiet evening on Wednesday, as he saw his side blown out by a surging Boston Celtics club, 119-95. With the game over even before the fourth quarter, Morant was only able to log 24 minutes in this one, as he finished with a miserable two points on 1-of-5 shooting, along with one rebound, five assists, and a couple of turnovers.
Nonetheless, despite his awful showing against Boston, Morant has been nothing short of amazing for Memphis this season. Even three-time NBA champion coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors firmly believes the youngster has a legitimate shot at being named an All-Star this season:
Steve Kerr on Ja Morant's All-Star candidacy: "I think he'll get real consideration. He's a great player."
— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) January 23, 2020
Right now, Morant is averaging 17.5 points (on 48.7 percent shooting), 3.4 rebounds, and 7.0 assists while also shooting 40.0 percent on 3-pointers. Those are some pretty impressive numbers, and given the second overall pick’s attention-grabbing performances this season, it’s hard to argue against coach Kerr here.
Not only has Morant put up impressive individual numbers, but he has helped lead the Grizzlies to a surprising record this season. While most thought Memphis would be one of the worst teams in the NBA, they’re currently sitting at 20-24, which is just a half-game behind the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.
Morant’s All-Star campaign is also boosted by the fact that Kerr’s Warriors have been absolutely terrible this season. Perennial All-Stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are both out with long-term injuries, while former All-Stars Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell’s stop-and-start campaigns have left both guys on the outside looking in.
This gives Morant a better opportunity to make the All-Star Game, though the competition is obviously fierce. Last week, the NBA released another round of fan voting returns, with the young Grizzlies star barely making the cut at No. 10 among West guards.