Monte Morris
Monte Morris
24-Year-Old GuardG
Denver Nuggets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Morris took a huge leap in playing time in his second year in the league. He appeared in only three NBA games as a rookie in 2017-18, playing on a two-way contract. His big-time play in the G League earned him a roster spot in 2018-19, and he averaged 24.0 minutes per night, appearing in all 82 games. Morris operated mainly as a reserve and averaged 10.4 points, 3.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds. He provided quality shooting as well, going 49.3 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from three while canning 1.1 triples per contest. Morris figures to have a similar role this season, serving as the primary backup point guard to franchise star Jamal Murray. Morris is a talented guard, but Denver has arguably the deepest roster in the Association, and his ceiling is capped by all of the quality options available around him. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $4.66 million contract with the Nuggets in July of 2018.
Personal Bio

Monte Morris was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His mother, Latonia, nicknamed him "Man-Man" when he was born. Morris grew up in Flint, Michigan attending Flint Beecher High School. He was a three time all-state selection and was thrice named winner of Michigan's Associated Press Class C Player of the Year Award. Morris won Michigan's Mr. Basketball award in 2013. The guard was then a liberal studies major at Iowa State. You can follow Monte Morris on both Twitter and Instagram via @BigGameTae.

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Morris began his collegiate career coming off the bench for Iowa State. He played significant minutes off the bench in support of senior DeAndre Kane, but did not get a starting nod from coach Fred Hoiberg until Feb. 1. The Cyclones won seven of their next eight games, and Morris never came off the bench again. Over his freshman season, he averaged 6.8 points and 3.7 assists. As a starter as a sophomore, the 6-2 Flint, Michigan native improved his numbers to 11.9 points and 5.2 assists. He put up his first double-double with 11 points and 10 assists in a win over Kansas. For the second straight season, Morris helped the Cyclones win the Big 12 Tournament. As a junior, Morris led the Big 12 with 6.9 assists to go along with 13.8 points and 1.8 steals. He had five double-doubles, including 20 points and 11 assists in a loss to Baylor. The sure-handed Morris broke his own NCAA assist:turnover ratio record as a senior with a mark of 5.21. He led the Cyclones to the Big Dance for the fourth straight season by averaging 16.4 points and 6.2 assists. Morris left school after four season as the Cyclones as the career leader in assists and third overall in the Big 12.

Scores 15 to go with four dimes
GDenver Nuggets
March 5, 2020
Morris amassed 15 points (6-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four assists, one rebound, one steal and one block in 25 minutes during Thursday's 114-112 win over the Hornets.
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Morris was extremely efficient offensively while reaching double figures in scoring for the second time in the last three games. He's coming off by far his best month of the current campaign, and Morris will try to build on this performance heading into Saturday's favorable matchup versus the lowly Cavaliers.
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2017

Morris was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. The 51st overall selection that year, Morris signed a two-way contract with the franchise. The Iowa State product appeared in three games for the Nuggets off the bench. Morris set career highs across the board in a game at the Houston Rockets on Feb. 9. Playing 22 minutes, Morris collected 10 points, two rebounds, six assists and three steals. Morris shot 4-for-5 from the floor. He was a perfect 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.

2018

After playing in just three NBA games as a rookie, Morris turned many heads during his second year in the league. Serving primarily as Denver's backup point guard, the former second-round pick appeared in all 82 regular-season games and notched 24.0 minutes of playing time per contest. Morris contributed in multiple areas, posting per-game averages of 10.4 points, 3.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds. He was an efficient shooter by all measures, making 80.2 percent of his free throws, 49.3 percent of his field goal attempts and a team-leading 41.4 percent of his shots from behind the arc (minimum eight attempts). Morris also displayed elite ball-handling skills, ranking second in the NBA with a 5.7 assist-to-turnover ratio (minimum 10 assists). For good measure, the 6-foot-2 guard consistently played hard-nosed defense and averaged 1.3 steals per 36 minutes. Morris' skills were on full display over a torrid stretch in December during which he racked up nine straight double-digit scoring efforts, averaging 14.1 points, 4.6 assists and 1.8 steals while making 19-of-36 three-point attempts. He played a season-high 41 minutes in a starting role during a win over Minnesota on Feb. 2 and collected the first double-double of his NBA career, racking up 17 points and 10 assists along with seven boards. Though Morris' playing time dipped in the postseason, he chipped in 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 14 games. He was a key contributor during Denver's first-round playoff series victory over San Antonio, reaching double digits in scoring in four of seven games.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the 2nd round (51st pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 21, 2017
    Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Denver Nuggets
  • July 25, 2018
    Signed a three-year contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Morris spent the 2017-18 campaign on a two-way contract, which limited him to just three total appearances at the NBA level. The bulk of his action came in the G-League, where he played in 37 games and averaged 18.0 points, 6.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals across 34.8 minutes. His strong play at that level earned him a standard contract from the Nuggets this season, so Morris is fully expected to land on the 15-man roster following cuts. However, with Jamal Murray locked in as the starting point guard and Isaiah Thomas being brought in during free agency, Morris will sit no higher than third on the depth chart and will still struggle to get significant minutes most nights.
Morris was known as a playmaking guard in his days with Iowa State at the collegiate level and he'll be yet another project for coach Mike Malone after being selected with the 51st pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. The four-year college vet averaged at least 28.0 minutes in all of his seasons at Iowas State and he'll be one of the more battle-tested rookies in this year's class. What's really enticing about Morris is the fact that he saw a major increase in numbers in all four years of his collegiate career. He ended his senior season with averages of 16.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game, showing the ability to both score at a high rate and play extremely well as a distributor when needed. A role for Morris on the Nuggets during the upcoming campaign will likely be tough to find and Morris should spend most of the season developing in the G-League.
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Productive in win
GDenver Nuggets
March 2, 2020
Morris totaled 12 points (4-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four assists, three rebounds and one steal in 29 minutes during Sunday's 133-118 victory over Toronto.
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Big game off bench
GDenver Nuggets
February 24, 2020
Morris provided 13 points (6-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt), six rebounds, six assists and two steals across 31 minutes Sunday in the Nuggets' 128-116 win over the Timberwolves.
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Scores 15 points in spot start
GDenver Nuggets
February 5, 2020
Morris totaled 15 points (7-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds, two steals and one block in 42 minutes during Wednesday's 98-95 victory over Utah.
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Back in starting five
GDenver Nuggets
February 5, 2020
Morris will start Wednesday's game against Utah, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
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Minimal production Tuesday
GDenver Nuggets
February 5, 2020
Morris ended with just seven points (3-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and four assists in 23 minutes during Tuesday's 127-99 victory over the Trail Blazers.
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