I said he should have started last season because he was the only PG we had on the roster who could stay in front of their man!
And my entire point back then was...what makes you think he could do that, when defensive numbers suggested he couldn't even stay in front of the horrible bench players he was defending? And yes, that's in the 19 games with little minutes...the same amount of games and minutes you would have to base your statement on (because there was nothing else).
The Lakers contend every year. You don't just drop in and become a starter, unless others are injured. You can't take a young, inexperienced and reckless PG and stick him alongside Kobe, a hungry center who wants the ball in Bynum, and a passive PF in Gasol. There was no way that was going to happen, doesn't matter if he was playing CP3 defense (but okay, that's a stretch...you know what I'm saying).
And by the way, you act like I never supported him, like I hated him from the start. This was posted over at my site on December 20th of last season...actually, when he wasn't playing so well:
But, unlike you, I made sure to say he would have to adjust quite a bit, slow his game down (which he has) and feed off of Kobe and (back then) Drew and Gasol (now Howard and Gasol).
Right now, at this very moment, Morris has had two impressive games for a second-round pick. Deep down, you know that's not saying much. You know that those two games mean about as much as the 35% shooting...either you acknowledge both, or ignore both.
Just a few nights ago, he went 0-5, missed three free throws, threw one assist (maybe one...that or zero) against the Spurs...and yet, you bragged about his defense on Tony Parker. Suddenly, you were right about everything, because he was D'ing up Parker.
But then, on Friday, when Goran Dragic dropped 22 on him, on 53% FG, you didn't want to discuss Morris' defense...and instead, you highlighted his six assists.
That's the problem. There's no reason to go off and say that I use "small sample sizes" of statistics to prove my point...because I don't. I take what he has done, as a whole, and judge him (and everyone). Jodie Meeks (who I was happy to get...not too excited, but glad to see another three-point shooter here) shot pretty well against Phoenix. Doesn't mean jack. He's hitting 33.3% on the season, and what he does as a whole is what I care about...not just the shooting, but his defense, his understanding of the offense, him recognizing the primacy of Kobe and Dwight, his ability to pass, etc.
If, or when, Morris finishes the season with higher shooting percentages than Steve Blake, OR his defense is better (based on just observation and his defensive numbers) while his shooting improves slightly...then, yeah, he'll start to earn my respect as a decent backup PG. Until then, I'm not going to call him one because he was not an Irving, Lillard, or Rose coming out of college.
If those two games make that much of a difference...and his age...we might as well start Jordan Hill, and bring Pau Gasol off the bench (which would be a mistake), because by the numbers, Hill is more efficient and grabbing more boards PER36 (even more than Dwight), basically averaging 16/12 PER36...but that's not how things work.