“Shai on that Memphis team could do the same” JA Morant ripped apart by anonymous league executive 

Shai Gilgeous Alexander and JA Morant
Shai Gilgeous Alexander and JA Morant

The 2021-22 NBA Season has been all about underdogs and the fall of star-studded teams, at least so far. And the main highlight of the underdog story has been Memphis Grizzlies led by their explicit young leader, JA Morant, who is perhaps been derived as an alien by some at this point. Not only has Morant ensured Grizzlies to hold a great berth in the Western Conference, but has also alerted media and fans, about his attributes and desire to be the modern-day face of the league. 

Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies

Morant is one of the front runners to clinch the Most Improved Player Award in the 2021-22 season, but some suggest he deserves major recognition in the MVP discussions. Despite his tremendous performances, game after game for the Grizzlies, there still seems to be a handful of personnel who cannot buy in on JA Morant. One particular Eastern Conference Executive is not ready to just on the hype train, yet. 

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JA Morant hype brought down by anonymous Eastern Conference executive 

JA Morant
JA Morant

“It’s weird to say this, but I don’t think [Morant] is quite as good as his public perception,” an East executive said, via Tim Bontemps of ESPN. “If you put Shai on that Memphis team, he could potentially be doing a lot of the same things.” 

Shai Gilgeous Alexander is no scrub but at this point, he does not appear to be on Ja Morant’s level. I guess what this anonymous executive is trying to point out is that the main reason behind Morant’s surge is the circumstance he is in right now. 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

“Ja has shown the ability to take a team to the next level,” a Western Conference scout said. “He’s shown great leadership, plus his jump, as far as development, has been pretty remarkable.” 

That being said, JA Morant is putting up some dizzying numbers. He has been averaging a career-best 27.6 points on 49.4 percent shooting, 5.8 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.2 steals, while also connecting on 1.6 triples per game on a 34.3-percent clip. Lastly, just the fact that Memphis are challenging the Golden State Warriors for the 2nd seed in the West speaks volumes about the potential of the young team.

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