When New Orleans Pelicans ahead Zion Williamson was nonetheless out recovering from surgical procedure, Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant grew to become the highest favourite to win Rookie of the Yr. However when Williamson suited again up, analysts had been compelled to debate on who would be the season’s prime rookie. For Williamson, he’s merely joyful that Morant is a frontrunner.
Talking with TNT’s Ernie Johnson, Zion Williamson referred to as Morant “brother,” noting that he’s joyful for the Grizzlies younger gun. However on the finish of the day, they’re each opponents and would need to win at something in any respect prices. As transcribed by Kurt Helin of NBC, Williamson stated:
“Ja being a brother of mine, I’m joyful for Ja. Ja has labored for it, he’s earned it. I give respect when it’s due. I all the time do. However , as a competitor — I’m only a competitor — I need to win at every little thing, I’m not going to take a seat right here and say I don’t need to win, I need to win at every little thing. So, my aim was if I might rally my staff into the playoffs hopefully I might make a run for [ROY]. It’s simply God’s plan at this level.”
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Earlier than the 2019-20 season was suspended, Williamson performed in 19 video games and averaged 23.6 points, 6.eight rebounds, and a pair of.2 assists. In restricted motion, he confirmed the world why he was the primary total decide.
Morant, in the meantime, performed in 59 video games (59 begins) and averaged 17.6 factors, three.5 rebounds, and 6.9 assists. From a staff perspective, he helped the Grizzlies chalk up a 40-27 document for seventh within the West.