NBA player Markieff Morris of the Phoenix Suns appears to be the option for the Toronto Raptors to get the first full-blown year of their small-ball era successfully. Read on to know more details.
According to Yibada, the Toronto Raptors have acquired Bismack Biyombo, rim protector, and DeMarre Carroll, perimeter locker, through free-agency to solve their defensive deficiency. However, the team has decided to acquire Phoenix Suns member Markieff Morris to keep their offense potent.
The source reported that the team’s head coach Dwayne Casey is more interested towards small ball tactics and positionless offense.
Casey told NBC Sports, while at the team’s summer camp at Humber College on Aug. 10, 2015, that DeMarre Carroll has excellent talent to “lock in perimeter players and put up consistent numbers on the offensive end.” This ability of Carroll would help the team to be more versatile.
However, the Raptors’ aim for success would be much easier if another player who has the similar talent as that of Carroll is added to the team. It is an essential thing to have more versatile players in the period where “position-less basketball becomes staple commodity in the NBA.”
The source further reported that Morris would be the best option for the Toronto Raptors search of a person with the same ability as that of Carroll. Morris has the capability to “thrive in a small but fast-paced lineup.” He has an impressive averaging 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season. He can be a great floor spacer, and can be effective at the center spot.
To acquire Morris, the Toronto Raptors have to sacrifice either Patrick Patterson or Terrence Ross. However, the Raptors believe that a trade for Morris is more important than these drawbacks, in order to get impressive small ball success.
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