It was just another day at the office for Ja Morant.
Actually, it was a very good day at the office for the Memphis Grizzlies rookie.
The talented point guard put his stamp on the game in a big way against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, scoring 22 points on 11-for-20 shooting, doling out 14 assists, collecting seven rebounds and making two steals in a 134-121 home victory.
In other words, Ja Morant did it all.
Which shouldn’t be a big surprise. He entered the NBA with great promise and great expectations.
The No. 2 pick in the 2019 Draft reached double digits in assists for the first time in 10 games.
His effort against Gregg Popovich’s Spurs impressed Ross Kreines, a prolific commentator on the NBA via Twitter.
“Ja Morant is so tough and explosive off the bounce creating for himself or others,” Kreines tweted. “He also has really good court vision, forces his tempo,makes others around him better along with big time athleticism and can fill a stat sheet.”
Games like Friday’s should be what’s expected of Morant in the coming weeks, months and years. He’s learning. He’s growing, even with stretches of up-and-down play. He’s proving that he was a smart draft pick for Memphis.