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Markieff Morris says he ‘deserves’ Sixth Man of the Year award due to Suns unexpected success

Apr 12, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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We broke down the race for the Sixth Man of the Year award a couple of weeks back, and Markieff Morris of the Phoenix Suns definitely received consideration.

It’s just that given the cases you can make for guys like Jamal Crawford and Manu Ginobili, each of whom has been extremely valuable to their respective teams’ success (which has exceeded that of the Suns’), Morris seems to fall to no higher than third on the list.

But he has a different way of looking at things, and if the voters choose to view the race the same way, he may have a shot.

From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic:

There are plenty of numbers that make the argument for power forward Markieff Morris to be the NBA’s Sixth Man Award winner but Morris thinks the one that seals his case is the win column.

“Coming off the bench with energy, scoring, rebounding, making my teammates better and winning games, especially when we were supposed to win 17,” Morris said. “When you’re supposed to win 17 and you got a guy like me averaging 14 points and we might pull off a playoff run 15 or 16 games above .500. You knew the Clippers (Jamal Crawford reference) were going to be good. You knew the Bulls (Taj Gibson reference) were going to be good, with or without D (Derrick) Rose. Y’all thought we were going after a Number 1 pick. I think I deserve Sixth Man Award for the team success.”

Scoring tends to be an important factor in winning this particular award, and that’s where Crawford shines.

But in the win shares category, Morris dominates the competition. That, along with the surprise success of the Suns are solid reasons that Morris may be correct here, but it’s a stronger field than usual, and his true chance of winning the award would appear to be a long shot.

  1. LilTmac2003 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    While I do agree he deserves some votes for Sixth Man of the Year, I definltey think Taj Gibson deserves to win it, and I’ll tell you why.

    I don’t know why he assumed the Bulls were going to be good ‘with or without D-Rose’. Starting off the season rough, losing Rose for the year, being 12-18, trading away Deng, and yet still the Bulls fought adversity and are now in position to be #3 in the east.

    Taj Gibson is a reason of that. He leads the LEAGUE in crunch time minutes, meaning most in the 4th. He’s always been a defensive presence, but now that he’s actually worked on offense, Thibs, one of the most demanding coaches in the league, fully trusts him.

    I am a fan of Markeiff, but I really think Taj deserves this award. Maybe even DJ Augstin.

  2. lj312chicago - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Sorry it’s going to Taj Gibson

  3. jacobmcbride1 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    He is certainly a worthy candidate, but he doesn’t deserve it, most seasons he could win it but Crawford, Gibson, and Ginobili are all having fantastic seasons. Markieff Morris is a fantastic young player and should be more focused on becoming a starter than winning sixth man of the year.

  4. scottychicago - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    I would exclude him just for campaigning for the award. worry about finishing strong and getting a playoff spot.

  5. phx1311 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    You have to be your own biggest fan…..go suns!!!

  6. sportsnut101 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Just shut up n play It’s 6th player of the yr award. Not MVP

  7. Savoir-Faire - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Crawford should win he was the best 6th man both this year and last year . Its time for the writers to correct the debacle of choosing JR Smith last year

    • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:36 AM

      I have a problem giving Jamal Crawford any awards. He’s extremely talented and brings a lot of things to the right team (ball handling, shot creation, clutchness) but his entire game is predicated on things that are proven to be detrimental to team success. He always holds the ball, he is predictable, he’s probably not fun to play with (meaning guys stand and watch instead of set screens & move on offense), and he isn’t a good defender. He helps the Clippers second unit but honestly they’d be better off with Eric Bledsoe moving the ball and playing great defense.

  8. dgilet1 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Gerald green is just as deserving as anyone and possibly more so than Morris…green has had a career year

    • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:39 AM

      Gerald Green has started 48 games so he’s probably not a sixth man at this point. He should definitely be at the top of the list for the Most Improved award though.

  9. yomarianob - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    By the stats, the logical sixth man of the year is Crawford.. By how they changes his team when walk on the court and how they contribute in all the aspects of the game, for me, it’s between Many and Gibson… By which twin I would choose, then yes, Markieff is the man, haha

    • yomarianob - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      Manu

  10. jadaruler - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:15 AM

    He’s had s great year, but I would give it to Taj Gibson.

    He can take the consultation prize of looking like a young Lester from 227.

  11. bigorican - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Gibson scores almost as much and is a best defensively. Gibson can close out games with his play on both ends of the court. Morris should focus on making it to the Playoffs. Furthermore, Morris should let his fans and teammates do the campaigning.

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