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Oklahoma City Thunder: Anthony Morrow has paved a unique NBA path to Oklahoma City

Anthony Morrow entered the 2008 Orlando Summer League expected to be little more than a roster-filler for the Miami Heat. But a shoulder injury to the already established Daequan Cook cracked the door. And Morrow busted it in.
by Anthony Slater Published: July 13, 2014
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In that inaugural, eye-opening season, Morrow became the first rookie in NBA history to lead the league in 3-point proficiency (46.7 percent). In Year 2, Morrow averaged 13 points and hit a career-high 140 threes, earning a three-year, $12 million contract with the Nets.

He continued to excel in New Jersey, averaging double-digits each of the next two years and ending the 2010-11 season with the second-highest career 3-point percentage among qualified players (44.7 percent). But after a down 2012-13 season, which included a pair of trades and some nagging injuries, Morrow’s stock had dipped. He struggled for both the Hawks and Mavericks and was forced to sign a minimum contract with the Pelicans.

But this past season for New Orleans, Morrow resurrected his career a bit.

Playing only 19 minutes per night, Morrow was able to average 8.4 points on 45 percent 3-point shooting. He again flashed that unique sparkplug ability off the bench, altering games with his streaky shooting.

It’s what has defined the steady career of this undrafted free agent. And it’s why he appealed so much to Sam Presti and the Thunder, leading to the three-year, $10 million partnership agreed upon this past weekend.

In six seasons, Morrow has 21 games of at least 25 points and six games of at least 30, including a 42-point outburst three seasons ago. Beyond Durant and Westbrook, the rest of the Thunder roster has combined for only 19 career games of at least 25 points and one game of at least 30.

Morrow has a unique skill set. And it has led him to Oklahoma City.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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