Can Markieff Morris Help the Lakers Play Small Ball Come Playoff Time?

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Markieff Morris

Standing at 6″8, Markieff Morris can play both power forward and center. He has impressed already in his short time with the Lakers.

When the Lakers signed Morris, the first thing people spoke about was the
3-point shooting ability he had shown with his previous team the Detroit

Unfortunately, Morris in terms of 3-point shooting has not found his rhythm
with the purple and gold just yet.

One of the important aspects of Morris’ game that has excited members of the Lakers community is his ability to play both the power forward and center position.

With Morris’ ability to play small ball center, it could open even more
doors to the Lakers.

Morris has the necessary foot-speed to stay in front of any center in the
league, his speed also allows him to guard smaller bigs. He has the necessary strength to bang with bigger and small players and has won some impressive physical match-ups this season including against former Laker Julius Randle.

Morris’ ability to step out to the 3 point line also is a key area in which
he can help the Lakers. If Markieff steps out to the 3-point line, his defender
has to follow him out there, if a center follows him out, the paint is left
exposed. If an opposing player switches onto him, then the Lakers have created a mismatch.

If they decide not to follow him out to the 3-point line, he has the potential when his shot is falling to torch them with his shooting.

NEXT: Morris’ fit with this Lakers team