The Ja Morant File
- 2nd Overall Pick in 2019 NBA Draft
- NBA All-Star 2021-22
- Rookie of the Year, 2019-20
- First Team All-Rookie, 2019-20
- Most Improved Player, 2021-22
- Second Team All-NBA, 2021-22
- Full name is "Temetrius Jamel Morant"
Ja Morant's meteoric rise into NBA stardom is one of the most fascinating stories in recent memory. Mostly unnoticed in high school, Morant wasn't recruited heavily really by anyone before deciding to attend Murray State. The story goes that Morant was playing three-on-three games, when a recruiter took notice of him, despite attending for the purpose of watching someone else. Turns out, it was right place, right time for Morant as that kickstarted his career.
Since joining the NBA, Morant has revitalized the Grizzlies organization, making them must-see TV every night. The high-flyer and walking highlight reel is dangerous with the ball in his hands and has even expanded his game beyond the arc as well. Morant's stardom has captured countless NBA fans, but the former little known guy from South Carolina won't be forgotten anytime soon.
His home state declared August 10th, "Ja Morant Day" after being he was named Rookie of the Year. The Memphis zoo also paid tribute to the Grizzlies superstar, naming a newborn giraffe, "Ja Raffe," in November of 2020.