Morefocusedonpassinganddefense,butMorantisstillthekingoftheteam
Morant(right)prefersassistsanddefense.Photo/OsportsInthesummer2019scoutingreport,althoughMorantisrelativelythin,itisgenerallyregardedasanexcellentdramatist,andhistemplatesaresettoJohnWallandMitchell.ReallyenteringtheNBAfield,everyonesoondiscoveredthatMoranthadadifferenteffectfromtheoriginaltemplate,andtherankingwasobvious.Thisisanatypicaldefenderwhoismorewillingtopassanddefend.AsofJanuary15th,Moranthad7assistsindoublefiguresthisseason,andofallotherrookiesofthesameseason,noonehassent10assistsinasinglegame.Averagespergame6.Nineassists,alwaysaheadofotherrookies,alsohasaplaceintheleagueassistslist,behindJames,Rubio,EastCic,Simmonsandotherstars,ranked13thintheassistslist.Morantsentasubtleassistinthegame.Afewdaysago,inaninterviewwithquickquestionsandquickanswers,Morantwasasked”whetherthethree-pointerloreorstealloreisbetter”,hesaid,”Bothwaysarecool,butIwillchoosetosteal.Ithinkitisbettertoresistthedefensetowinthegame,contributeasuccessfuldefenseatthelastmoment,andlockthevictorywithasteal.”Intheleaguewheresmallballplayisprevalent,three-pointershavebecomeanecessaryweapon.Asacoreguardoftheteam,Morant’splayseemstobeoutofplace,butitdoesnotmeanthatheisnotjustathree-pointerability.Throughouttheseason,Morantmade33of813-pointersandshot40.7%isequallyoutstandingamongallrookies.Infact,Morantpreferstodotheweddingdressforhisteammatesinthegame.UnderMorante’slead,JalenJacksonJr.,Dillon,Valanciunashaveperformedwellontheoffensiveendthisseason.However,Morantisstillthekingoftheteam,assistingtheking.Atthecrucialmomentofthegame’svictoryordefeat,Morantisstilltheprimarycandidateforendingtactics.Whenhewaselectedtothetopspotinthedraftconference,Morantpointedoutthathisqualificationsarenotoutstanding.ItisCurry,McCollumandmanyotherNBAstarsthathavegivenhimconfidence.Nowthattherookieseasonisjustoverhalfway,intheabsenceofZionforalongtime,Moranthasbecomethemostbrilliantrookieintheleague.HeisreplicatingorevencatchingupwiththegrowthofmanyAll-Starguards.EditorZhangYunfengproofreadingFanJinchun