Ja Morant is having a moment. The Memphis Grizzlies guard has become the most exciting player in the NBA and his antics Monday night only reinforced that sentiment. But Colin Cowherd isn't buying the hype.
On Tuesday's episode of The Herd, Cowherd warned against pumping Morant up too much. He claimed fans and the media have fawned over guards like Morant before only to be disappointed. He listed John Wall, Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose as examples.
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He makes a solid point about guards who score in the paint not lasting long because they get hurt. But while Morant gets most of his points in the paint, he's improved his 3-point shooting this year to 34.4 percent. Is that great? No, but there's a decent change he improves over time.
Morant is currently fifth in the NBA in points per game (27.6), 14th in assists (6.6) and fifth in PER (25.62). Plus he's damn fun to watch all the time. He's a 22-year-old ball of energy who does legitimately thrilling things on a near-nightly basis.
Is his play sustainable? Who knows? We're just enjoying the moment and the highlights.