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First look at Markieff Morris in Thunder jersey

Markieff Morris

Fans of the Oklahoma City Thunder got their first look at their newest player, Markieff Morris, on Twitter Thursday.

The former 13th overall pick has played in 555 games since entering the league in 2011. Over that time, he has averaged 11.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He was averaging 11.5 points per game this season with the Washington Wizards before being traded to New Orleans Pelicans and ultimately waived due to their glut of frontcourt players.

There were several offers for the 29-year-old (one-half of the Morris twins along with brother Marcus who plays on the opposite conference for the Boston Celtics), but he chose the Thunder citing recruitment as the reason for his decision. He actually compared the process to college recruitment, which worked well for Oklahoma City.

The former University of Kansas product hasn’t played since December 26 due to injury, and a neck specialist has cleared him to play once again.

The 6-foot-10 forward will be joining a real contender in the Western Conference which bodes well for his title aspirations. The Thunder are currently four games out of first place and are three games ahead of the fourth place Portland Trail Blazers.

His defense off the bench certainly will go a long way in helping Oklahoma City take down the heavy favorite Golden State Warriors. A tough take, indeed.