OKC Thunder: Anthony Morrow agrees to sign with Thunder

by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 12, 2014
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photo - New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Morrow (3) drives the ball against Golden State Warriors' Marreese Speights, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Morrow (3) drives the ball against Golden State Warriors' Marreese Speights, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Newest Thunder player Anthony Morrow shot 45.1% from 3 last year, 4th best in the league behind only Korver, Pablo Prigioni, and Mike Miller

— Thunder Stats & Info (@ThunderStats) July 12, 2014

Oklahoma City has become an improved 3-point shooting team over the last two seasons but, at 36.1 percent, still ranked 14th out of the league’s 30 teams. The loss of Derek Fisher, who moved on to coach New York, and the expected loss of free agent forward Caron Butler, who shot 44.1 percent from 3-point range in 22 games with the Thunder, could have been a blow to the team’s improvement.

Morrow has appeared in 373 NBA games, 129 as a starter. He’s started just 10 games over the past two seasons, which suggests he likely will come off the bench with the Thunder.

At 6-foot-5, Morrow has ideal size and length for his position, but while he’s an elite shooter he’s an average defender at best.

Morrow also doesn’t provide much as a playmaker. He holds career averages of 10.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and one assist.

But as the Thunder continues to look to surround its core players with complementary pieces, Morrow will step in as arguably the best pure shooter Oklahoma City has ever had.

 

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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