‘Kid Is Really Good’: Warriors’ Draymond Green Praises Grizzlies’ Ja Morant

Published 12/27/2020, 12:27 AM EST
Dec 12, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) moves to the basket against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie (20) in the first half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports


Ja Morant is one of the most exciting young players in the NBA today. Morant has established himself as one of the most dangerous and potent attacking players in the league and the Grizzlies have found a star who can help lead them to great success.

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Golden State Warriors‘ Draymond Green was addressing the press last night after the Warriors game against the Milwaukee Bucks and midway through the Zoom conference, Draymond Green praised Ja Morant, whose game he was watching during the call. He said “I’m sorry, Ja Morant is a stud. That kid is really good.”

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Ja Morant is one of the best young players the NBA has seen. He entered the league last season as the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Morant went to the Memphis Grizzlies and was not given the notoriety or attention that Zion Williamson received.

Ja Morant made a big splash as soon as he took the court with the Grizzlies and showed great flair and attacking ability whenever he played. Throughout the course of the regular season, Morant helped the Grizzlies retain playoff hopes with massive scoring and assist numbers.

Ja Morant – A star in the making

In the 2020 season, Morant led the Grizzlies to a tied-eighth place finish in the Western Conference and set-up a play-in game with the Portland Trailblazers. However, he could not lead them past the Blazers and into the playoffs.

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Morant’s explosiveness earned him several contenders for best dunks during the season. For a player of his stature, Morant has a shocking vertical leap. The dunk he made over Cavaliers’ Kevin Love was one of the most iconic moments from the 2019-20 NBA season.

Dec 23, 2020; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) shoots against Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) during the second half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Throughout his rookie year, Morant showed that he should have been given more attention and focus coming into the league. Furthermore, the Murray State alum was named 2020’s Rookie of the Year for his overwhelming performances.

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Morant will become an elite player in the NBA in just a few years’ time and many analysts believe that he can be a future MVP in the league and help the league grow further.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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