It's almost as if they are trying to confuse us. The Morris Twins have matching tattoos, matching vehicles, and most recently last season, matching NBA jerseys. One inch in height might be the only thing that separates them.
It's easy to see the special bond between the Morris Twins and that they have a very close relationship. Reportedly, Markieff had asked the Suns organization to trade for his brother. Even Bill Self was apparently involved. But hey, if there is anyone we can trust when it comes to the Morris Twins, it is Bill Self, who coached them for three years. It's not very often you hear about guys asking their team to trade for a specific player. I am going to assume that this mostly occurs with players that are the star of a team, but not someone like Markieff Morris. The Suns obviously have a lot of respect for the Morris Twins and trust them. It has been said that each of the twins play with more effort with their brother on their side. The question is, are the Morris Twins actually an integral part of this Suns team going forward, or will they both be playing for a different team in a few years without leaving any mark on Suns history?
The answers remain to be seen, but what we do know is that it is worth giving the Morris Twins a shot. They showed us a bit of a sneak peak in the Summer League of what we might see from them later on in their careers. Both Marcus and Markieff Morris looked to be in the best shape of their lives. There were a few highlight reel dunks from them where they showed some athleticism that they hadn't yet shown in a Suns Jersey. I think Marcus Morris showed improvements in his ball handling, and some hope that he could be transforming into a pure small forward.
This season is a chance for the twins to prove themselves, and should be given an opportunity to. This is the year that will determine if the Morris Twins are worth keeping on this team. The Suns aren't expecting to make the playoffs, obviously. It would be in the best interest for the Suns to give the two of them big minutes and consistent minutes. If they don't work out, oh well, Phoenix moves on without regrets as they weren't expecting to make the playoffs anyway. The biggest problem with the Suns the last few years is identifying the players on their current roster that need to go and need to stay. They made a great move by shipping Luis Scola over to Indiana, I think we all knew that he wasn't a player that was necessary for the Suns to be championship contenders one day. I'm not saying that other guys on this team like Marcin Gortat should just be shipped away in an instant, but I definitely think that him and a few others on this team should be considered expendable.
The Suns will surely have some decisions to make next offseason, and a lot of it will reflect the performances of specific players. We know the Morris Twins are good, but they need to take that next step. They need to show that they can take over games. The twins won't be winning games for Phoenix next year meaning their individual performances will be what is being looked at. They turn 24 in September, and while that isn't old by any standards, they still need to show growth and show that they will continue to improve if they are going to be an important piece on this team. They need to be more than the guys that have only proven to be average players during their three year stay in the league so far.
There is surely some other players on this team that have their uncertainties with the Suns, but Morris Twins are the biggest mystery and actually have a chance to be important pieces of a contending Suns team someday.