3. He Averages a 6:1 Assist-to-Turnover Ratio
This one isn’t a particularly spicy take, as he averaged a 5.7:1 assist-to-turnover last season. Morris knows how to take care of the ball. In college, Morris set the NCAA record for taking care of the ball with a 4.65:1 ratio. He bettered that number last year, and it’s not surprising to think that he could better that number this year. Among NBA rotation players, only Tyus Jones, now of the Memphis Grizzlies, was better than him with a ratio of 6.96:1.
Morris’ biggest Achilles heel in the turnover department was bad passes. 31 of his turnovers were bad passes which are an easier number to correct than say losing balls to steals or poor handling. The bench added Jerami Grant to give them better depth. Grant, who plays primarily off the ball, spent last year as a catch-and-shoot option off of point guard Russell Westbrook, who plays a similar style to Morris, so they could have some chemistry there.
Morris’ minutes are unlikely to increase unless Malone decides to play him more with the starters, which is a possibility to give Jamal Murray more minutes as the lead dog compared to the second option when he shares the floor with Nikola Jokic. The bottom line is that Morris could very realistically average a 6:1 assist-to-turnover ratio when the season wraps up in the spring.