Memphis Grizzlies rookie Point Guard Ja Morant was awarded Western Conference Rookie of the Month for the month of December. This makes back-to-back months Morant has won the award.
Thursday afternoon the NBA announced that Morant had been awarded Western Conference Rookie of the Month for the month of December following another solid month from the rookie phenom.
Per the Grizzlies press release, Morant played in 11 of the Grizzlies 16 games, averaging 15.5 points per game, 6.5 assists, while shooting 48.5 percent from the floor.
While Morant’s points per game numbers are lower than the month of November when he first won the award, Morant raised his field goal percentage from 44.6, to 48.5 percent in December.
Shooting is something Morant wasn’t known for coming out of the draft, but something he is becoming more comfortable with. Not only did Morant win Western Conference Rookie of the Month, but it was announced today that Ja is among the top names in All-Star voting, and the only rookie name within those “stars” named.
Although it is the first returns from All-Star voting, the fact that Morant is in the conversation with some of the greatest in the game is ‘Ja-dropping.’ Voting counts as double today through the link in the tweet above, so you know where to keep Morant in the running for All-Star weekend.
I doubt that this will be the last we hear out of Morant collecting awards and gaining more and more recognition. It won’t be the last time we hear “Grizzlies” and “All-Star” in the same sentence in the coming weeks as well.