At just 22 years old, the former first-round pick is already establishing himself as one of the best guards in the NBA.
He’s catching the attention of many folks around the sports world, including analyst Chris Russo. Russo seems to believe that Morant is an exceptionally special player. He recently said that the Grizzlies star is better than Allen Iverson.
Chris "Mad Dog" Russo is coming in HOT with this take 😳
“[Ja Morant] is better than Allen Iverson.” pic.twitter.com/R9fevLJBuo
— First Take (@FirstTake) March 23, 2022
“He’s better than Allen Iverson because he makes a lot of people around him better,” Russo said. “Iverson was a wonderful competitor, and he was a Hall of Famer, but he’s not a transcendent star. He’s not a guy that is going to make a cast of characters around him on this level. Morant can do that. … If you’re asking me right now who is going to have a better career and who is going to be more transcendent in the NBA, it’s not even a contest. Morant is going to be much better than Allen Iverson.”
It’s an extremely bold take by Russo, and some basketball fans might peg it as a premature one. Morant is certainly on a great trajectory, but he has a long way to go if he wants to catch up with everything Iverson accomplished.
Iverson spent 14 seasons in the NBA and racked up a long list of accolades. He earned 11 All-Star selections, four scoring titles and one MVP award. For his career, he averaged a whopping 26.7 points per game. Today, he’s a Hall of Famer.
As for Morant, he’s in the midst of his best season yet. So far in the 2021-22 campaign, the youngster is averaging 27.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 6.7 assists per contest. He’s knocking down 49.3 percent of his shots from the field and 34.0 percent of his shots from deep, and he’s doing all of that for a contending Grizzlies team.
Time will tell if Morant does end up having a comparable career to the one that Iverson put together. With any luck, NBA fans will get to enjoy Morant’s game for a very long time.