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Monte Morris
Monte Morris
Position: G
Born: 06/27/95
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:175 lbs. / 79.4 kg.
Salary: $1,588,231
1. Denver Nuggets. WAR: 85.1 | Best Under-25 Players: Nikola Jokic (41.0), Jamal Murray (21.2), Monte Morris (10.3). Five NBA teams had an average age (weighted by production) below 25 last season: • Knicks, 17 wins • Suns, 19 wins • Bulls, 22 wins • Kings, 39 wins • Nuggets, 54 wins. Denver’s 2018-19 season was an aberration. Teams that young typically win about 30 games or fewer, but the Nuggets—who earned the no. 2 seed in the West—stand apart from their youthful brethren. Denver’s second-round playoff loss registered as a disappointment in the moment, but for a group of players who had never even reached the playoffs before, last season’s result was bounds better than the preseason expectation.
Before kicking off their weekends, several Denver Nuggets players went through a grueling workout session at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The high altitude (the amphitheatre sits at 6,450 feet above sea level at its peak height) and plethora of steep steps provide the players with a challenging training session. Monte Morris, Will Barton, Jarred Vanderbilt, Michael Porter Jr., Thomas Welsh and Brandon Goodwin participated in the Friday morning workout.
“He (Porter Jr.) is special for sure,” Nuggets guard Monte Morris added. “He can handle it, shoot it and he’s 6’11”. He’s a freak athlete. The best thing about Michael is that he feels he’s the best player on the court at all times, no matter who is out there. He carries that swagger about himself, so I feel it will be easy for him to adjust when he steps into the rotation because with that swagger, you will go out there and play confident.”
Storyline: Michael Porter Injury
We don’t know for certain if it’s this week. Or the next. But we do know this: The Nuggets (37-18 entering Monday night’s game) aren’t turning the screws on the rest of the Western Conference without big brother Isaiah pushing his younger teammates, be it in the locker room, in practice, or from his seat at the end of the bench. “We probably wouldn’t be this high along in the West if he wasn’t in our locker room,” point guard Monte Morris, one of the franchise’s — and the league’s — great narratives of 2019, said of Thomas. “(He’s) giving us tips on guys he played and just knowing how to pull through. I look up to him a lot, not just because he’s at my position, just what he’s been through and everything. So we’re looking forward to having him back. Everybody knows what he brings to the table, and when you add that on top of what we’re doing right now, we should be really, really good.”
“We probably won’t be this high along in the West if he wasn’t in our locker room,” point guard Monte Morris, one of the franchise’s — and the league’s — great narratives of 2019 said of Thomas. “(He’s) giving us tips on guys he played and just knowing how to pull through. I look up to him a lot, not just because he’s at my position, just what he’s been through and everything. So we’re looking forward to having him back.”
Nuggets coach Michael Malone also went to Flint on Sunday, as did Denver guard Will Barton. Both have seen the love Iowa State fans in arenas across the league have shown for Morris all season. But there was something even deeper in his hometown. “One thing I love about Monte is how loyal he is to where he grew up,” Malone said. “You could see all the people that showed up just hoping to see Monte, talk to him and how much pride they’re taking in Monte’s success at the NBA level, and that’s what you want to see from all your players.”
The hard work paid off for Morris, who, after a strong showing in the Summer League, was rewarded with a three-year deal from the Nuggets reportedly worth $4.8 million. The deal, a full NBA contract, assures Morris of a roster spot with Denver and means his day of bouncing between the NBA and Gatorade League may be done. “I was happy for sure — relieved to know that the made way for me,” Morris said. “They traded some guys, drained some money and opened up a spot for me. Now I’ve got to go two times harder … because every year, it’s 60 more people to try and come take your jobs.”
As great as the contract has been for Morris, that’s not the only big thing to happen to him this summer. He’s also made headlines recently off the court for his relationship with actress and model Amber Rose. It’s gotten the attention of news outlets like TMZ, which who have suddenly started writing about Morris. He said he’s not letting the new attention get to him. “I really don’t get caught up into it,” Morris said. “Once it happened, I was like, OK. I wasn’t really fazed about it.”