Marcus Morris was always the better twin. At Kansas, he was the one who was a second-team All-American, lauded for leading his team to Final Fours. But at the 2011 NBA draft, Marcus heard the name of his brother, Markieff Morris, called first when Markieff was draft by the Phoenix Suns with the 13th pick. No one was more surprised than Marcus, who was seen wiping tears from his eyes before he found out he was taken with the next pick by the Houston Rockets.
On Wednesday night, Marcus and Markieff were reunited on the Phoenix Suns. The Rockets shipped Marcus out as part of a three-team trade that netted Houston Thomas Robinson — teammate of the Morris twins for two years at Kansas — Tyler Honeycutt, and Francisco Garcia. As part of the deal, Houston received a future second-round pick from the Suns in exchange for Morris.
Marcus Morris spent much of his rookie year in the NBA D-League, playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, while Markieff enjoyed surprising success shooting three-pointers on passes from Steve Nash. This year, Marcus has played himself into a substantial role of his own, averaging 8.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 38.1 percent shooting from three-point land in 21.4 minutes per game.
It's hard to imagine a scenario in which the Suns play the Morris twins together, other than the occasional small-ball lineup, but there will be identical production (get it?) regardless of which one is on the floor. In Markieff's time this year, he's shot poorly from long range. His PER has stayed the same, however, going from 12.1 as a rookie to 12.2 this year in 20 minutes of play per game.
The Morrisses will still likely back up Luis Scola, and Suns fans will be happy to see either cut into Michael Beasley's playing time. As far as chemistry goes, it's hard to imagine this hurting at all, unless everyone else gets all fed up with the dumb inside jokes the twins tell each other.
Can't explain this feeling!!!— Keef Morris(@Keefmorris) February 21, 2013
There's not a short history of twins playing in the NBA. The Lopez twins, Robin and Brook, are the bannermen currently, as both are starting centers and Brook recently made his first All-Star appearance. Before them, there were Jason and Jarron Collins, also Stanford alumni centers. Before them, there were Harvey and Horace Grant.
This isn't even the first time in NBA history twins have played on the same team. Tom and Dick Van Arsdall played together in their last season in the NBA, the 1976-'77 season. The guards — and you can't make this stuff up — played for the Phoenix Suns that year.