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Daily Digits: Markieff Morris is thriving off the bench

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NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Washington Wizards Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we take a look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add some context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.

Today’s stat is Washington’s record when Markieff Morris scored at least 15 points and makes over half of his shots, which is...

29-8

You can’t always count on Markieff Morris to be good, but you can usually count on the Wizards being good when Morris is good. Saturday’s win over the Nets was no exception. He started slow, but went off for 15 points in the final frame to put the game out of reach before the Nets could mount a comeback.

Although Morris is always going to have his ups-and-downs, the good news is he’s been playing better since the team moved him to the bench. Going up against more second unit players and being more of a focal point on both ends has forced him to be more aggressive and that’s worked out quite well so far. He’s performing significantly better off the bench than he did as a starter.

Morris finding his rhythm off the bench

Position PTS FG% 3P% RPG APG SPG BPG NET RTG
Position PTS FG% 3P% RPG APG SPG BPG NET RTG
Starter 9.7 43 34 4.3 1.9 0.5 0.7 -10.7
Bench 15.6 47.7 37.5 7.6 1.3 1.4 0.7 -1.9
Stats via NBA.com https://stats.nba.com/player/202693/traditional/

Morris may not always play this well, but anything the Wizards can do to increase the odds of getting a good Morris game helps their chances of getting a win.