3 reasons why the Rockets should claim Markieff Morris

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3. 3-point shooting

Markieff Morris is a career 34.5 percent shooter from deep and has had the best 3-point shooting percentage of his career this season, which is an encouraging sign. Morris is shooting 39.7 percent from distance, which has been fifth-best on the Pistons roster this season.

Morris would be a natural fit in Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense, which emphasizes a heavy amount of 3-point attempts. Although the Rockets have often faced criticism for this style of play, it fits the efficient style of offense, as the Rockets obviously score more points on less shots.

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This season, Morris has attempted 49 percent of his field goals from behind the 3-point arc, which is exactly what he would be asked to do under D’Antoni. What’s impressive about how Morris has fared from downtown this season is the fact he hasn’t played alongside a true facilitator, as the Pistons haven’t had a single player average more than 5.7 assists per game this season.

In fact, the Pistons don’t even have anyone inside the top 30 in total assists, and they rank 15th in assists per game. Morris has only had 48 percent of his 3-point attempts come as he was wide open, which is certainly a number that would skyrocket while playing alongside Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

The Rockets have attempted 44 triples per game during the 2019-20 season, which unsurprisingly leads the league. Through 44 games this season, Morris has already made 75 treys, which is one short of a career-high.

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