The Thunder have signed recently bought out Wizards power forward Markieff Morris to a contract for the rest of the season.
Throughout his career, Morris has pretty much been the same player, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because you know what you’re going to get from him, which is a good amount of production and someone who can be a very valuable piece to a team if he’s not being relied upon to be the star of a team.
Morris is a career 33.8% three-point shooter, but the past two seasons before this one he was up over 36% from behind the arc, making him a very useful player for a team because he is a guy that can really produce playing the stretch forward role.
Defensively Morris doesn’t bring a whole lot to the table. Yesterday the Blazers signed Enes Kanter and they’re fairly similar players in terms of them being able to score, but not being very good players on the defensive end.
Luckily for Oklahoma City they currently rank third in the NBA in defensive rating, so defense isn’t a problem for them and while they’re not bad on the offensive end, they only rank 14th in offensive rating and Morris should be able to help that out a little bit by providing shooting and being able to space the floor for guys like Paul George, Russell Westbrook and Dennis Schroder to get to the basket.
Will this move ultimately push Oklahoma City past the Warriors? Probably not, but this is still a move that while not making them a great deal better, it makes them better.