How Ja Morant 2.0 will impact the Memphis Grizzlies for years to come

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Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant is convincing NBA fans, players, and executives that he’s taken a massive leap forward in his game, creating infinite opportunities for the franchise.

Morant made big improvements going from his rookie season to last season (his sophomore season). His growth in year three looks like a Bitcoin graph from April 2020 ($7k) to April 2021 ($63k).

Grizzlies fans know better than anyone that Morant was capable of such a leap. The way he carries himself, his determination, and his grit are just as important to his game as his athleticism, court vision, and basketball IQ.

Ja Morant 2.0 is taking the NBA by storm in the dark. He has the entire league and its fans buzzing with very limited nationally televised games this season.

Ja Morant is about to take the Memphis Grizzlies to unparalleled heights and experiences

It’s hard to put into words just how spectacular the budding superstar has been for the team so far this season. While it’s a small sample size, Morant has been playing very well against good teams, giving some substance to the small sample.

Just take a look at what Morant has done from year one to year three—it’s staggering. We’re talking about a Giannis Antetokounmpo-sized leap for the Grizzlies point guard.

Ja Morant in his rookie season:

31 minutes per game, 17.8 PPG, 7.3 APG, 3.9 RPG, 0.9 steals per game

Ja Morant this season (his third):

35.9 minutes per game, 30.4 PPG, 7.8 APG, 5.4 RPG, 1.8 steals per game

Morant is already garnering attention from national media for him to be an NBA All-Star, home crowds have been chanting “M-V-P” when he’s on the free-throw line and he’s scoring more points per game than just about anyone this season.

Those MVP chants are legit, by the way. According to the official NBA power rankings for MVP, Morant ranks fourth in the NBA. He trails only Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, and Kevin Durant— otherwise known as the best three basketball players in the world.

Members of the national media have recently been saying that Ja Morant should have been taken number one overall in the 2019 NBA Draft (over Zion Williams).

With such stellar play and great adulation from the media, combined with a forward-thinking front office that can identify talent, Morant will parlay a (potentially) historic season into something no Grizzlies player has ever done before: recruit an A-list level talent to willingly choose to play in Memphis as a free agent.

Morant has already garnered the respect and admiration from countless players across the league. There is no doubt that these players will want to play with Ja Morant.

He approaches the game of basketball like Kevin Durant, has the speed and tenacity of Russell Westbrook, and has the court vision of LeBron James — who wouldn’t want to play with someone like that?

Ja Morant is about to make Memphis, Tenn. an NBA destination and a landing spot for top-tier free agents year-in and year-out.

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Buckle up, Grizzlies fans, and enjoy the show. We are all witnessing something incredibly special here in Memphis.