Grizzlies’ Ja Morant Matches Magic Johnson, Allen Iverson, and Others in Astonishing NBA Record

Published 03/25/2021, 12:47 AM EDT
Aug 15, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies reacts after a dunk against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter in the Western Conference play-in game one at The Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy Reuters


The Memphis Grizzlies, who had stumbled in the regular-season race, are now back in playoff contention after winning three games in a row. What makes it even better is that two of their victories were against the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors, both of which are elite teams in the league. Standing ninth in the Western Conference, Memphis has a 21-20 record. To top things off, after their last outing against the Oklahoma City Thunder, their rising star Ja Morant has created history with his stats.

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A Hall of Fame career in front of Ja Morant?

The 21-year old Ja Morant has established himself as one of the brightest young players in the league. With his finishing potential, athleticism, and basketball IQ, Morant has also shown some early signs of becoming a great leader on the court for whichever team he plays for.

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The reigning Rookie of the Year almost carried the Memphis Grizzlies to the postseason last year. However, this may turn into a reality in the 2021 campaign considering the way things are going for the team. Even if that doesn’t materialize, the Grizzlies will be in contention while having him at the helm.

Not only that, but his stats this year have added him to the list of some of the greats in the league. As per ESPN Stats & Info, their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder was the 100th game of his career. This means, “He is already 1 of 7 players in NBA history with 18 PPG and 7 APG through 100 career games. 4 of the previous 6 have been inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.”

Other legends part of this record include Allen Iverson, Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, and so on. To be able to attach his name next to them so early on in his career is an achievement in itself.

Grizzlies vs OKC

Despite having a mediocre night against the Thunder, Morant is showing glimpses of adding his name to the list of iconic players in the NBA. He struggled offensively as he shot 5-14 from the field and only added 11 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds on the scoreboard.

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But his off night did not affect the Grizzlies, who ended up escaping with a 116-107 win. Ja is averaging a career-high 19.3 points and 7.5 assists, maintaining himself as the lead scorer on the team.

Mar 22, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) handles the ball against Boston Celtics guard Jeff Teague (55) during the first half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

There is an absolute certainty that Morant is destined to deliver the best in his career. All that is left to do is wait. But for now, is he capable of landing his team a spot in the playoffs this season?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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