The Oklahoma City Thunder announced early Thursday that they completed the signing of veteran forward Markieff Morris. Morris has played in the NBA for six full seasons, and has career averages of 11.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game.
Morris joins an already competitive OKC Thunder squad in the Western Conference. Led by Paul George and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder are in third place in the west, and have one of the most interesting roster dynamics in the NBA. OKC has the luxury of having two MVP-caliber players on the floor at the same time. Russell Westbrook is in the verge of averaging a triple double for a third year in a row. Small forward Paul George is second in the NBA in scoring, and has his name in the MVP conversation. Young guard Terrance Ferguson has come into his own this season, producing well for a 20 year old in the starting lineup. Ferguson is shooting 38% from 3 this season, a welcomed deep threat for a team who had lacked a knock down shooter last season.
Some of the Thunder players have commented on the new acquisition. Paul George referred to Morris as an “underrated” player, adding that he and his Thunder teammates were “excited” to add such a productive player. Morris will look to add his aggressiveness and physical characteristics to this Thunder team. Morris is set to take minutes from Patrick Patterson, who is the backup power forward in OKC. Morris adds a three point threat to the Thunder, as the forward shot the 3-ball at 36% last season for the Wizards. Morris could be a possible 5 option for the Thunder when they go with a small lineup. No matter how he is implemented, he is still a huge pickup for a Thunder team who already have good depth. With this addition, the Thunder look to be the team that is best suited to challenge the Warriors in the west.