Stan Van Gundy Says Marcus Morris Is ‘Thriving’ in Detroit

by October 31, 2015

Marcus Morris wasn’t exactly happy when he was traded to the Pistons during the offseason.

But after dropping 26 points on 19 shots in Detroit’s 98-94 overtime victory over the Bulls on Friday, Morris is feeling pretty good about his new situation.

Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy has given Morris a complete vote of confidence and thinks his mercurial forward has been “thriving” this season. Over three games, Morris is averaging 19.3 points on 47.7 percent shooting with 7.7 rebounds—all well above his career bests.

From the Free Press:

Morris carried the Pistons offensively with 26 points – 15 coming in the third quarter – to move to 3-0 with a 98-94 overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls in a battle of unbeatens.


Morris opened overtime with a 17-footer to spur a 7-0 run as the Pistons continued their best start since 2008-09.


“I said this when we brought (Morris) here, we thought he was one of those guys that just if you give him an opportunity,” Van Gundy said. “You know there are a lot of guys like that in this league that if they get in the right spot, right system, right opportunity, they can really thrive.


“We are only three games right now; he certainly is thriving.”