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Celtics Legend Kevin Garnett Predicts Big Things for Ja Morant’s Future After Dunk of the Year Candidate: “When It’s All Said and Done”

Published 01/14/2023, 11:43 PM EST

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The Memphis Grizzlies are on an absolute roll as of late. Not only are they the second-best team in the Western Conference with a 29-13 record, but the Grizzlies are also on a nine-game winning streak. The team has been able to rally all its players together to play team ball and get the best out of every possession. And the player leading it all is none other than Grizzlies superstar, Ja Morant. So much so that it led Boston Celtics legend Kevin Garnett to make a bold claim. 

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There is no doubt that Ja Morant is a generational talent. Listed at 6’3″, Morant has some serious vertical, and he has already been making his way on almost every other highlight reel. 

‘Big Ticket’ with a big claim


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The Boston Celtics legend made sure to give credit where credit is due. Garnett, a one-time NBA champion with the 2008 Celtics team, went onto his social media to make a bold claim about Ja Morant.

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The ‘Big Ticket’ tweeted, “When we look back on Ja’s in game dunk highlights when it’s all said and done  it’s gonna be up there with the some of the greatest ever.” 


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Now, that sure is a bold claim given how many amazing dunkers have already made their mark in the history of the league. Some names that directly come to mind are Julius Erving, Dominique Wilkins, Michael Jordan, Vince Carter, and so on. 

Some recent players who could also be argued into this conversation are Aaron Gordon, Zach LaVine, Blake Griffin, and even Gerald Green. So, for Garnett to include Ja Morant in the likes of these names sure does hold value.

But Morant’s game is arguably so much more than just running and dunking on players, as he continues to develop other areas of his game.


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The evolution of Ja Morant

Ja Morant came into the league as a slashing, high-flying point guard. And in the four seasons he has played for the Grizzlies, he has not disappointed. However, Morant can be seen expanding the horizons of his game.

Morant is starting to develop his passing skills on the floor, trying to get his teammates going as well. He is leading his team in assists, averaging 7.9 assists per game so far. He too has been improving his rebounding skills, starting to notch up triple-doubles every now and then. 


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Written by:

Abhishek Dhariwal


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Abhishek Dhariwal is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He earned his bachelor's degree in English Honors from St. Xavier's College and his master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from AAFT School of Mass Communication and Journalism.
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Veer Badani