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Markieff Morris

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2013-14 SEASON:
Appeared in 81 games (zero starts) in his third NBA season, averaged 13.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.6 blocks in 26.6 minutes... Has scored in double-digits in 41 of the last 45 games of season… Scored 21 points (10-16 FG) in 28 minutes off the bench vs. Memphis on Apr. 14… Posted 11th double-double off the bench with 12 points and 11 boards at Portland on Apr. 4… Had tenth double-double of season with 16 points and 12 rebounds at L.A. Lakers on Mar. 30… Scored 25 points (10-13 FG, 3-3 3FG) and had eight rebounds off the bench at Minnesota on Mar. 23… Had ninth double-double of season with 16 points and 14 rebounds at Toronto on Mar. 16… Posted eighth double-double of season with 18 points and 10 rebounds vs. Cleveland on Mar. 12… Scored 24 points (8-13 FG, 8-10 FT) in 30 minutes off the bench vs. Oklahoma City on Mar. 6… Had 21 points (5-8 FG, 2-2 3FG, 9-10 FT) and eight rebounds off bench vs. Atlanta on March 2… Led team with 24 points to post third straight game with 20+ vs. Minnesota on Feb. 25… Had 21 points on 7-11 shooting and seven rebounds off the bench vs. Houston on Feb. 23… Scored game-high 21 points (8-10 FG) and tied career-high with five assists vs. San Antonio on Feb 21… Scored team-high 18 points (7-12 FG) and had four rebounds vs. Boston on Feb. 19… Posted seventh double-double off bench of season with 13 points, 12 boards at Denver on Feb. 18… Scored 10+ points in a career-long 12 straight games from Jan. 15-Feb. 5… Scored 27 points and had season-high 15 rebounds off the bench vs. Cleveland on Jan. 26… Posted 20 points (14 in the second half) in the Suns win vs. Indiana on Jan. 22. Posted fifth double-double of season with 23 points and 12 boards vs. Dallas on Jan. 17… Scored 24 points off the bench on 9-14 FG in win vs. L.A. Lakers on Jan. 15… Scored game-high 25 points (6-14 FG, 2-3 3FG, 11-15 FT), had six rebounds, three steals and three blocks in win at Denver on Dec. 20. 11 made free throws marked a career-high… Tied career-high with 11 field goals, making his first 11 attempts of the game, finishing 11-14 FG in scoring a game-high 25 points and 11 rebounds vs. Toronto on Dec. 6… Scored a game-high 23 points (8-13 FG, 1-2 3FG, 6-6 FT) at Utah on Nov. 29… Named Western Conference Player of the Week for games Nov. 4-10… Scored 23 points (9-12 FG, 1-1 3FG, 4-4 FT) in win over New Orleans on Nov. 10… Scored a career-high 28 points (10-13 FG) and had 10 rebounds to notch his second straight double-double and sixth of his career vs. Denver on Nov. 8… Tied a then career high with 23 points and established a career high with 11 field goals in addition to grabbing 12 rebounds for a double-double at San Antonio on Nov. 6… Scored season-high 17 points off the bench at New Orleans on Nov. 5… Missed the first game of the season (one-game suspension for elbowing Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka during a preseason game).

PREVIOUS SEASONS:
2012-13: Following the 2012-13 season, played with the Suns 2013 Las Vegas Summer League entry… Second on the team with 13.6 points and tied for first with 6.4 rebounds in seven starts… In his second NBA season, both with the Suns, set new career highs in virtually every statistical category… Averaged a career-high 8.2 points, career-high 4.8 rebounds and career-high 1.3 assists while appearing in all 82 games (32 starts)… Joined Luis Scola as the only Suns to appear in every game in 2012-13… Shot a career-high 40.7 percent from the field overall, 33.6 percent from three-point range, and a career-high 73.2 percent from the free throw line… Suns’ midseason acquisition of twin brother, Marcus, gave Phoenix just the second pair of twin teammates in NBA history, joining the Suns’ own Dick and Tom Van Arsdale (1976-77)… Morris brothers made their debut together on Feb. 22, 2013, the 70th birthday of the Van Arsdale twins… Became just the 13th pair of brother teammates in NBA history, and joined Ben and Tyler Hansbrough (Indiana) as the only active sets in 2012-13… March 8 at Sacramento, the pair joined the starting lineup together, becoming the first pair of twins to start a game for the same team in NBA history… Closed the season strongly; April 2013 was the best scoring (11.8) and rebounding (6.9) month of his young career… The month included a career-high five-game double-digit scoring streak (April 7-15; 16.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.20 blocks)… April also included the first consecutive 20-point efforts of his career (April 13-15) and perhaps the best all-around game of his career overall; April 15, recorded 20 points, seven rebounds, five steals and six blocks, the first NBA player with at least those numbers since Suns forward Antonio McDyess (April 4, 1998)… Became the first NBA player with at least five steals and six blocks in a game since Josh Smith (Jan. 15, 2007)… Was much more productive in starting role; in 32 starts, averaged 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 45.1 percent from the field, including 44.3 percent from three-point range… In 50 appearances as a reserve, averaged 6.7 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 37.2 percent from the field, including 24.7 percent from long range… 18 double-digit scoring efforts in 32 starts, 11 double-digit scoring efforts in 50 reserve appearances… Re-joined the starting lineup on March 8 and started the season’s final 21 games (10.5 points, 6.3 rebounds)… In the 27 contests after the Suns acquired his twin brother (Feb. 22-April 17), averaged 10.0 points (7.3 points before the trade), 6.0 rebounds (4.3), 1.19 steals (0.82) and 1.00 blocks (0.67)… Scored in double figures in 14 of 27 games after the trade after doing so 15 times in 55 games before it… During the season, set new career highs in scoring (23, Nov. 23 vs. New Orleans) and rebounding (17, Dec. 6 vs. Dallas)… 29 double-digit scoring efforts overall… Five double-digit rebounding efforts… Three double-doubles (four for his career)… Feb. 5-12, recorded at least one steal in a career-high five-straight games… Jan. 11-24, recorded at least one block in six-straight games, matching a career best… March 24-30, tallied at least one steal and one block in four-straight games, tying a career high. 2011-12: Following his first NBA season, was a member of the Suns’ 2012 Las Vegas Summer League Squad, where he averaged a team-best 19.8 points, team-leading 9.8 rebounds and team-best 2.0 blocks while starting all five games… Originally selected by the Suns with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, compiled rookie season averages of 7.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.67 blocks and 0.65 steals in 19.5 minutes in 63 games (seven starts)… Selected to play in 2012 Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando… Just the seventh Sun in franchise history selected to play in the game, joining Wesley Person (1995), Trevor Ruffin (1995), Michael Finley (1996), Steve Nash (1997), Shawn Marion (2001), Amar’e Stoudemire (2003)… Six of the other eight Rising Stars selections were top-nine picks… 7.4-point scoring average was the best by a Suns rookie since Leandro Barbosa in 2003-04… 4.4-rebound average was the best by a Suns rookie since Amar’e Stoudemire in 2002-03… One of six 2012 rookies to average at least seven points and four rebounds (Faried, T. Thompson, Leonard, Parsons, D. Williams)… Among rookies that reached the qualifying statistical minimums, ranked 11th in scoring (15th overall), sixth in rebounding (9th) and fourth in blocks (7th)… Shot 34.7 percent from three-point range, seventh among rookies… Despite shortened schedule, tallied 22 double-digit scoring efforts, the most by a Suns rookie since Barbosa in 2003-04 (24)… Reached double figures in nine of his final 22 games after doing so 13 times in his first 41 contests… Two 20-point efforts, including his first career 20-point game on Feb. 14, the first by a Suns rookie since Barbosa…Two double-digit rebounding efforts, including a career-high 11 boards on Jan. 23 at Dallas… One double-double came Jan. 8 (eighth game), the earliest in a career by a Suns rookie since Shawn Marion (first game, 1999)… Scored 16 points in his fifth game (Jan. 2), the earliest such scoring output by a Suns rookie since Shawn Marion (second game, 1999)… Dec. 31-Jan. 2, became the first Suns rookie with consecutive 15-point efforts since Barbosa (April 11-13, 2004)… First Suns rookie with multiple double-digit scoring efforts in first five games since Stoudemire (Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2002)… Grabbed nine rebounds in his NBA debut Dec. 26 vs. New Orleans, one shy of becoming just the third Sun in franchise history to record double-digit boards in his first career game (Marion-1999, Alvan Adams-1975)… Made seven starts (Jan. 17-27, April 24-25) and in those opportunities averaged 4.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 19.9 minutes… As a reserve, averaged 7.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 19.5 minutes in 56 contests… Did not miss a game due to injury; missed two games due to the flu (March 28, April 1) (1-1).

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
Selected by the Phoenix Suns in the first round (13th pick) of the 2011 NBA Draft.

COLLEGE:
Three-year performer at the University of Kansas named All-Big 12 Second Team, Honorable Mention AP All-American and Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team as a junior in 2010-11… Improved scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage in all three collegiate seasons and finished with career averages of 8.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 55.3-percent field goal shooting in 109 career games (44 starts)… Averaged career-highs of 13.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 58.9-percent shooting from the field as a junior… Led Big 12 in rebounds as a junior, and led the conference with 13 doubledoubles, the ninth-best single-season total in school history… Tallied double-digit rebounds in a team-best and single-season career-high 15 games in 2010-11… Career 55.3-percent shooter connected on a career-high 58.9 percent as a junior, the top mark in the Big 12 and the 12th-best in the nation… Power forward shot 40.4 percent from three-point range for his career, including a 25-of-59 (.424) mark as a junior.

PERSONAL:
Born in Philadelphia, Penn… Son of Thomasine Morris… Has four brothers, Donte, Blake, David and twin brother Marcus… Marcus, a teammate at Kansas, was selected immediately after him in the 2011 NBA Draft (14th overall by the Houston Rockets)… Seven minutes older than Marcus and an inch taller… Third set of twins in NBA history each drafted in the first round, joining teammate Robin Lopez and brother Brook (2008), and Horace and Harvey Grant (1987)… While at Kansas, was tutored by former Sun Danny Manning, who was coached at Kansas by Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry, a Jayhawk assistant in 1988 when Manning led the Jayhawks to a national title... Played football through 10th grade but switched to basketball after his mom told him he was too tall for football… Played wide receiver growing up, emulating Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice… Grew up a fan of Irvin and the Dallas Cowboys, was frequently at odds with brother Marcus, who is a supporter of the hometown Philadelphia Eagles… Modeled his basketball game after Rasheed Wallace… Majored in American studies... As a high school junior and senior, won state titles with Philadelphia Prep Charter in 2006 and 2007… Named his team’s best defender three-straight years (2005-2007) and best rebounder in consecutive seasons (2005-2006)… He, Marcus, and former Kansas teammate and projected 2012 lottery pick Thomas Robinson have the words “Family Over Everything” tattooed on their left biceps and include “FOE” at the end of most Tweets… @KansasTwin21.

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Height: 6'10''/ 2.08m
Weight: 245 lbs./ 111.1 kg
Born: September 02, 1989
From: University of Kansas
Draft: 1st Round (13th pick) 2011 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2011
Years Pro: 3
Previous Teams:
  Phoenix Suns 2011 - 2013
Prior to NBA/Country: Kansas/USA

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