Grizzlies Star Guard Ja Morant Named NBA’s Rookie of the Year
The one first place vote that Zion Williamson received probably came from Adam Silver.
Otherwise, it was essentially a no-brainer.
On Thursday, to the surprise of absolutely no one, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, after earning 99 of the 100 first place votes. Morant finished with 498 total votes, absolutely lapping the rest of the rookie field.
“Man, it’s a blessing,” Morant said on TNT’s Inside The NBA. “I’m definitely honoured. I put a lot of work in, day in and day out. This journey has been rough but, you know, in the end it’s all paying off. I still have a lot more work to do, but for guys, kids who are not heavily recruited right now, this gives them hope.”
Miami Heat point guard Kendrick Nunn finished second in voting, followed by Williamson.
“The sky’s the limit for you,” said Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins, marvelling at the bright of his young star.
Morant became the first Grizzlies player to win Rookie of the Year since Pau Gasol won in back in 2002. The Murray State alum finished his rookie campaign averaging 17.8 points and 7.3 assists per game, while shooting 47.7-percent from the field. Behind Morant, the Grizzlies were able to take a big step forward this past season, coming a couple of wins shy of claiming the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
“I want to shoot a direct message to them and thank them for motivating me even more to do more on the floor and be better and do whatever I can to help my team in a basketball game,” Morant said. “So if anyone knows who that is, let me know.”
The kid has an incredibly bright future ahead of him!