- Personal Information:
- Full Name: Temetrius Jamel Morant
- Nickname: G12
- Date of Birth: August 10, 1999
- Age: 24 years
- Birthplace: Dalzell, South Carolina, USA
- Father: Tee Morant (Former professional basketball player overseas)
- Mother: Jamie Morant (Former college softball player)
- Relationship Status: Currently single
- Career Information:
- Current Team:
- Memphis Grizzlies (Jersey #12, Position: Point Guard)
- Position: Point Guard
- Year: 2019
- Round: 1st
- Pick: 2nd overall by the Memphis Grizzlies
- NBA Debut: October 23, 2019
- Experience: 4 years
- Current Team:
- Physical Details:
- Height: 1.88 m (6 feet 2 inches)
- Weight: 79 kg (174 pounds)
- Wingspan: 2.01 m
- Shoe Size: Size 13 (US)
- Financial & Contractual Details:
- Latest Contract: 5 years, $197,230,450 (Signed July 6, 2022)
- Average Annual Salary: $39,446,090
- Net Worth: Estimated $50 million
- Other Details:
Ja Morant Stats
Ja Morant, wearing jersey #12, has quickly become a standout point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA. Here’s a condensed look at his career statistics:
- Teams Played For: Memphis Grizzlies
- Position: Point Guard
- Jersey Number: #12
Career Averages (Per Game):
- Games Played (GP): 248
- Games Started (GS): 246
- Minutes (MIN): 32.1
- Field Goals (FG): 8.2-17.3 (47.2% accuracy)
- 3-Point Shots (3PT): 1.3-3.9 (32.1% accuracy)
- Free Throws (FT): 4.8-6.4 (75.3% accuracy)
- Rebounds (REB): 4.8 (1.0 offensive and 3.8 defensive)
- Assists (AST): 7.4
- Steals (STL): 1.0
- Blocks (BLK): 0.3
- Fouls (PF): 1.5
- Turnovers (TO): 3.3
- Points (PTS): 22.4
- Field Goals (FG): 2023-4285 (47.2% accuracy)
- 3-Point Shots (3PT): 313-976 (32.1% accuracy)
- Free Throws (FT): 1198-1592 (75.3% accuracy)
- Rebounds (REB): 1193 (248 offensive and 945 defensive)
- Assists (AST): 1830
- Steals (STL): 247
- Blocks (BLK): 69
- Fouls (PF): 383
- Turnovers (TO): 825
- Points (PTS): 5557
- Double Doubles (DD2): 59
- Triple Doubles (TD3): 11
- Disqualifications (DQ): 0
- Ejections (EJECT): 4
- Technical Fouls (TECH): 22
- Flagrant Fouls (FLAG): 1
- Assist to Turnover Ratio (AST/TO): 2.2
- Steal to Turnover Ratio (STL/TO): 0.3
- Scoring Efficiency (SC-EFF): 1.297
- Shooting Efficiency (SH-EFF): 0.51
Ja Morant’s rise in the NBA has been marked by his dynamic playmaking and scoring abilities. His stats reflect a remarkable ability to contribute both in scoring and assists, showcasing his role as a critical driver of the Grizzlies’ offense. His athleticism and explosiveness are highlighted in his scoring averages and his ability to make plays for teammates, making him one of the exciting young talents in the league.
Ja Morant 2023-24 Profile
There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that Ja Morant—the 6 foot 2, 174 pound point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies— is the most athletic, explosive point guard in the NBA today. In fact, many people believe that he’s already the league’s best point guard, aside from Steph Curry. Yet, after a slew of off-court issues during the 2023 offseason (which involved Morant displaying guns on social media) that the NBA ultimately suspended Morant for 25 games for, people around the league are wondering whether Morant has some character issues that he has managed to keep (mostly) hidden to this point.
Regardless, Morant is itching to return to the floor once his suspension is lifted — and should immediately return to top-form once he does so.
In this article, we’ll discuss Ja Morant’s general information, his pre-NBA background, how his NBA career has gone so far, and predict how his 2023-24 season will fare.
Ja Morant General Information
Temetrius Jamel “Ja” Morant was born on August 10, 1999, in Dalzell, South Carolina, USA. His parents are Tee and Jamie Morant. Jamie, Ja’s mother, was a college softball player, and his father Tee played professional basketball overseas. Ja is currently single.
On July 6, 2022, Ja Morant signed a 5 year, $197,230,450 contract with the Memphis Grizzlies — making for annual average salary of $39,446,090. Morant’s net worth is estimated to be $50 million.
Ja Morant wears jersey number 12, and is a size 13 (US) shoe.
Ja Morant Background
After training basketball with his father throughout childhood, Ja Morant attended Crestwood High School in Sumter, South Carolina. In his last two seasons at Crestwood, he averaged 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists per game, and was a three-time All-Region MVP.
Morant was not heavily recruited out of high school (largely because he was only 6 feet tall at the time), and ended up playing college basketball at Murray State University. As a freshman at Murray State, Morant averaged 12.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game, and earned first-team All-OVC honors. His 6.3 assists per game ranked 14th in the nation.
As a sophomore at Murray State, Morant averaged 24.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 10 assists, and 1.8 steals per game — becoming first NCAA player to ever average at least 20 points and 10 assists per game in a single season. He also won OVC Player of the Year, broke every scoring and assist record that Murray State had, and earned first-team All-America honors.
After Murray State lost in the 2019 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Morant — who was projected to be a top-5 pick — declared for the 2019 NBA Draft. And on June 20, 2019, Morant was selected with the second overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.
Ja Morant’s NBA Career So Far
Ja Morant made his NBA debut on October 23, 2019, and scored 14 points. He participated in the Rising Starts Game, and went on to lead all rookies in assists with an average of 7.1 assists per game, as well as total points scored, with 1,138 (17.8 points per game). Morant was named the NBA Rookie of the Year and earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honors.
Morant improved on his rookie season success during year two. He upped his averages to 19.1 points per game, 7.4 assists per game, 4 rebounds, and 0.9 steals in 32.6 minutes per game played in this 2020-21 season. Morant scored 35 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead Memphis to a 117–112 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors in the new NBA play-in tournament; securing the Grizzlies’ first postseason appearance in 4 seasons. Although the Grizzlies lost to the Utah Jazz in the first round of those 2021 playoffs, Morant averaged 30.2 points, 8.2 assists, and 4.8 rebounds in the series.
Morant made massive improvements to his overall game in the 2021-22 season. He increased his regular season scoring average to 27.4 points per game, and shot a career high 34.4% from three point range. Morant was also named to his first ever All-Star team in this season, led the Grizzlies to their first Southwest Division title in franchise history, and won the NBA Most Improved Player Award.
Morant also led to the Grizzlies to the second round of the 2022 NBA playoffs, where they faced the Golden State Warriors. Unfortunately, Morant injured his knee in the series, and had to miss the final 3 games in the series (which Memphis lost). In the 3 games he played, he averaged 38.3 points per game.
Although Morant’s scoring average dipped slightly to 26.2 points per game during the 2022-23 season, he recorded a career high 8.1 assists per game, made his second NBA All-Star team, and surpassed Marc Gasol for the most triple doubles in Grizzlies franchise history (with 6). He once again led the Grizzlies to the playoffs — although they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in 6 games. Morant averaged 24.6 points per game in the series.
On March 4, 2023, it was revealed that the NBA had launched an investigation about an Instagram video of Morant displaying a gun at a Colorado nightclub earlier that morning. Morant was ultimately suspended 6 games for the incident.
Two months after that initial suspension, Morant was suspended from all team activities by the Grizzlies for flashing a gun during another Instagram Live session. This was when the NBA decided to suspend Morant 25 games — which he is currently serving during the 2023-24 NBA regular season.
Ja Morant 2023-24 Season Forecast
It’s a shame for the NBA, for the Memphis Grizzlies, and for Morant himself that such a talented player has to miss nearly one-third of the regular season due to off-court issues. While Morant is still very young (currently 24 years old), it’s extremely concerning to see these allegations against him, and makes one wonder whether he is surrounding himself with the right people.
Yet, perhaps this lengthy suspension is exactly what Morant needs to solve these persistent issues, and hopefully he will be able to emerge with a newfound respect for himself once he returns. What’s for certain is that the Grizzlies need their franchise player if they’re to contend in the Western Conference, both during this 2023-24 season and in the future. As it currently stands, Memphis is in last place in the West, starting the year 2-8. By the time Morant is eligible to return, they might already be out of playoff contention.
So while this year could be a lost one, surely the Grizzlies wouldn’t be too upset with a top draft pick and their star player with an incident free 2023-4 season. We know that Ja Morant has all the talent in the world — but will he stay on the court enough to realize his potential?
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