Ja Morant is the star of every sports media outlet’s highlight reel after Monday night’s scoring explosion. Morant has been the focus of NBA discussions this week after dropping a career-high 52 points in Monday’s win over the San Antonio Spurs. Current and former stars around the league have not been shy in showering the 22-year-old superstar with praise after Morant recorded the first 50-point game in Memphis Grizzlies history.
Morant has taken massive strides in his third season in the league, averaging 27.6 PPG along with 6.6 APG, and 5.9 RPG. His play has been the major factor in why the Grizzlies are in position to win its first Southwest Division title in the franchise’s history.
While Memphis is one of the smaller markets in the NBA, it is impossible to ignore what Morant has done this season. In fact, in just the first All-Star selection of his young career, NBA great and Hall of Famer Reggie Miller proclaimed him to be the No. 1 box office attraction in the league.
With Morant firmly planted in the thick of the MVP race, he received his biggest endorsement yet after his performance on Monday night. Hall of Fame point guard Allen Iverson tweeted a picture of his lone MVP trophy with Morant’s jersey draped over it.
Morant’s response included the two generational talents together on the floor with the caption, “pass the torch OG.”
Morant’s meteoric rise to stardom has taken the league by storm. Every night the Grizzlies take the floor, Morant appears on a highlight reel of some kind.
That was once again the case in Monday night’s win over the Spurs. With just over two minutes remaining in the first half, Morant found himself in space when he kicked it into high gear, throwing down what some are already calling the Dunk of the Year over the 7’1” Spurs center Jakob Poeltl.
Ja Morant just had the dunk of the year— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) March 1, 2022
Oh my pic.twitter.com/mzgJVlcOKR
It was just moments later when Morant found a way to top his hypnotizing slam. With 0.4 seconds left in the half, Grizzlies center Steven Adams threw a baseball-style pass the length of the court, which found the hands of a leaping Morant, who caught and released the ball in one motion to beat the buzzer.
JA MORANT AT THE BUZZER— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) March 1, 2022
In just over two minutes of game time, he was able to captivate the basketball world with two plays that define the type of player that Morant is. What should not be lost in his 52-point outing is the fact that Morant connected on 22-of-30 shots from the floor – a whopping 73 percent!
Don’t expect a big-game hangover from Morant or this Grizzlies team. While the game against the Spurs won’t soon be forgotten, Morant will look to top his efforts Thursday night as Memphis hits the road to square off with the Boston Celtics.
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