- Ja Morant is lighting up stat sheets this year with the Grizzlies, setting a franchise record in points scored his last time on the court.
- Folks on Twitter are now debating whether he’s been more impressive than Derrick Rose was in his MVP campaign.
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Ja Morant has developed into one of the NBA’s brightest young stars. In just his third season, Morant is averaging nearly 27 points a game on 49% shooting while dishing out 6.8 assists per night.
He’s easily lived up to the hype as the No. 2 overall draft pick in the 2019 selection process, and there’s a clear argument to be made that he should’ve been chosen over top pick Zion Williamson.
In just his last two games alone, the point guard has set and broken franchise records for most points scored in a game. First was a 46-point performance against the Bulls on Saturday, which was a Grizzlies’ franchise high. He followed it up with an incredible 52-point night on Monday to break his own mark.
Morant was unconscious from the floor, hitting on 22 of his 30 attempts. He also had a posterizing slam dunk over Spurs center Jakob Poeltl that’s sure to be shown on NBA highlight reels for years to come. The performance even landed Morant a shoutout from one of the game’s all-time great point guards, Allen Iverson.
Now, Morant is being compared to another MVP winning PG, with folks debating whether or not his third season has been more impressive than that of Derrick Rose’s 2010-11 campaign.
You be the judge.
Is Ja Morant Better Than Derrick Rose?
Rose won the league’s Most Valuable Player honor that year, averaging 25 points a game to lead the Bulls to a 62-win season. The former Memphis Tigers star was the same age as Morant at the time and had completely taken the NBA over in year three.
Rose was the youngest NBA MVP in league history at just 22-years old. This was prime D Rose, prior to his career-altering injuries that followed.
There’s a clear debate to be had.
Both players’ stat lines are similar. Morant leads in scoring while Rose paces the way in assists.
Rose led the Bulls to the top seed in the East but was upended in the Conference Finals by Super Team Miami which boasted the talents of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.
Morant has the Grizzlies sitting in third place in the West, just one game back of the second-placed Warriors. They’ve already matched their 38 wins posted a season ago and look primed to make some noise come playoff time.
The debate has grown heated on social media, particularly with the two stars having ties to the Memphis area. Take a look at the Twitter reaction below.
– He did this in a Thibodeau offense w/no spacing.
– The Bulls' pace in 2011 was 90.4 (23rd/30), the Grizzlies' pace in 2022 is 99.8 (6th/30)
MVP Rose on the 2022 Grizzlies gets them the #1 seed w/crazy stats. Can't say the same for Ja if you put him on the 2011 Bulls. https://t.co/OhRLsqsnKO
— Basketball Examined (@Bballexamined) February 28, 2022
Ya’ll really forgot and it’s sad. Ya’ll just comparing stats but D.Rose led the Bulls to back to back 1 seeds and won MVP in Bron’s prime with the Heat. https://t.co/jcCxFoQpyT
— DQ (@daiquan_rose30) February 27, 2022
Literally Derrick Rose everytime https://t.co/K5WJeunW48
— GodFather PeeWeeDaPlug (@PeeWeeDaPlug) February 28, 2022
That man on the left won mvp at 22 in a league with Kobe Lebron Kd Melo Dirk and Dwight stop it https://t.co/Wv5gv6J0Df
— MARV 🕊 (@PhlyHigh_Marv) February 28, 2022
ja gotta bring his squad to the conference finals, then we can talk https://t.co/LucTnWP04W
— n💸 (@officialruiz860) February 27, 2022
Ja is literally more skilled, better defender, better shooter, better finisher at the rim, more efficient and a better playmaker. MVP D Rose is overrated asf https://t.co/BAuzpPQ9y0
— Fufu (@Iovinthecrew) February 27, 2022
It’s Ja but nostalgia merchants won’t hear it. https://t.co/TFf9dh0Wit
— – (@West6rook) February 27, 2022