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Darius Morris Changes Everything; or Not

In a rather unexpected move, because at this point there really are no actual expectations on activity from the 76ers, the organization signed Darius Morris to add to it's increasingly large back court. The former Los Angeles Lakers point guard has been brought into back up rookie Michael Carter-Williams, and the Sixers are all the more justified in doing so.

What makes this situation intriguing is the fact that Morris now joins a backcourt of MCW, Tony Wroten, Khaliff Wyatt, James Anderson, and Evan Turner (because no positional depth chart is ever complete without Turner). With Jason Richardson likely out for the season, there will be plenty of minutes to go around for this back court party. The most intriguing part about this scenario is the fact that Brett Brown has already shown that he can develop guards in various roles. Of course there are certainly no Manu Ginobli's in this bunch, but would it be asking for too much if the Sixers found a Mo Williams in the pack? Not at all.

In reality how many of them make it beyond the season on this team is completely up in the air, but Darius Morris is reason enough to be fake excited for the franchise. Out of this cast of backcourt characters, he is actually more proven than his numbers would indicate. In fact he had a scene stealing moment in this years playoffs when he put up 24 points and 6 assists in the greatest moment in his NBA history to date. That performance would have definitely been one of note had the Lakers not lost that Game 3 120-89 to the San Antonio Spurs, but that's beside the point. Clearly Brett Brown must of been impressed, even if that narrative is probably far from the truth.

At this point it's almost blasphemy to think MCW is not going to be thrown straight into the fire once the season starts, but Morris on the roster does have it's benefits. At 22 years old his upside is still pretty good all things considered. He has solid vision and in his limited time as a pro hasn't put his team in too many bad spots. Slightly above average ball handling skills and the fact that he is an ok shooter (shot 36% from the 3 last season) instantly ups his value. On nights when the Sixers actually decide to play real basketball, it's almost certain Morris will see extended minutes.

Not to say he'll prosper to greatness on the roster, but at the least his presence will reinforce the idea that the Sixers intend to be competitive this season. That is competitive in evaluating the youthful talent that will fill out the roster for the "post-tank" 2014-15 season, not in terms of winning games. I mean seriously, to expect them to play hard and win games, now that would be asking too much.

-Esau Howard

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