Marcus Morris Brings Versatility and Toughness to the Celtics

Marcus Morris brings offensive versatility and defensive grit to the Celtics. But the enigmatic combo forward offers even more than that.

Marcus Morris is the consolation prize after Boston was financially forced into trading Avery Bradley. Given where Danny Ainge's trade leverage was, Morris is a more than respectable return. The 27-year-old combo forward is signed for two more years at an affordable $5 million per season. He's coming off of his highest usage rate (20.3) since his rookie season in 2011. 

Morris's most overlooked attribute is that he stays healthy. If the best ability is availability, he could be the poster child. He was a mainstay in the Detroit starting lineup and has played in 79 or more games in each of the past four seasons. Morris's health will be a refreshing change from his transactional counterpart. Bradley has appeared in 65 or more games in just two of his seven NBA seasons. 

Morris could thrive as a starter or in a bench role due to his offensive versatility. If Morris plays off the bench, and I think he should, he'll have the ball in his hands a lot. Boston's reserves were 16th in bench scoring last season, but the second unit lacked a true isolation scorer. They added Jayson Tatum to the offensive mix, and Morris is one of the more underrated one-on-one scorers around. Per, Morris shot a surprising 14.8% of his attempts in isolation and was in the 90th percentile in isolation offensive efficiency. Playing alongside the lumbering Andre Drummond, Morris was heavily relied upon to create his own offense at the end of shot clocks. Morris led the Pistons in field goal attempts with 7 seconds or less remaining on the shot clock, according to Stan Van Gundy was contented placing his trust in Morris, as evidenced by the play below.