One of the biggest surprises of the NBA halfway through the season is without a doubt the Memphis Grizzlies.
One of the reasons the Grizzlies are so far on the standings is because of the game of third-year point guard Ja Morant.
Morant set All-Star level numbers this year, and when he spoke to Drew Hill of the Daily Memphian, he said he believes his season deserves some recognition.
“I deserve it. I deserved it. I worked for this, “Morant said.” This is how I wanted it. I did not want to be a substitute. I do not want to be a spot-filler. ”
Morant’s confidence in himself is well deserved when you look at his figures. Through 36 games, Morant is picking up 25.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game while shooting 48.7 percent off the field and 35.0 percent from three.
Those numbers, along with the excellent play of teammates Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks and Jare Jackson Jr. hijacked the Grizzlies to the top half of the Western Conference. The Grizzlies currently sit third in the West with a record of 17-17, just behind the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors.
In the most recent return of All-Star fan vote, Morant was second in votes for the Western Conference Watch with just over 2.6 million votes, just behind Stephen Curry.
The All-Star Game, which takes place in Cleveland this year, is just under a month away and takes place on Sunday, February 20th. The beginners for the All-Star Game will be announced later this week on Thursday, Jan. 27 with the rest of the roster announced on February 3rd.