Jao Morant ‘worthy’ of the best rookie of the year over Zero Williamson

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Retrieved 21 May 2020, 23:26 IST

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Ja Morant and Zion Williamson

Ja Morant believes he deserves to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award more than Jean Williamson.

Morant was re-elected by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2012 NBA Draft, with Williamson taking first place in the New Orleans Pelicans.

Williamson, a heavy favorite to go to the Rookie of the Year Honors season, played a season of Duke College basketball before the draft was announced.

However, Williamson was suffering from a ruptured meniscus in October, delaying his professional debut until January.

However, he has been spectacular since returning from injury, averaging 23..6 points, 6..6 rebounds, 2.2 assists per game. Williamson shot 58.9 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from the three-point range.

However, Morant has the advantage of playing 59 games in 19 games this season, which saw him averaging 17.6 points, 6.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds.

He shot 49.1 percent off the field and 36.7 percent off pressure.

His performances at Memphis in the eighth and final play-off berth at the Western Conference were postponed due to the Koro virus epidemic.

Speaking on the Bleacher Report’s ‘Tell It Hater to Taylor Rooks’, Morant was asked if it felt like it should be a close competition for the award.

He replied: “No, I think I’ve done enough. I deserve it.

“I think my drama proved everything this year so it was a great season so far. This stopped Corona a bit.”

The feeling among the NBA players did not end prematurely but seemed to be towards a resumption of the 2012-201 season.

Asked if he spoke to anyone who felt the opposite, Morant said: “I didn’t talk to anyone who didn’t want to play.

“I’m sure everyone except the team in the playoffs wants to.”