Welcome to “Hoosiers within the NBA,” a player-by-player take a look at how IU basketball alums fared through the 2020-21 NBA common season. At the moment, the collection continues with Juwan Morgan.
Morgan (29 video games): 1.2 factors, one rebound, .3 assists, 46.7 FG%, 30.8 3PFG% in 5.1 minutes per sport
Undrafted in 2019, former Indiana ahead Juwan Morgan has carved out a job with the Utah Jazz.
As a rookie, Morgan started his profession with the Salt Lake Metropolis Stars within the NBA’s G-League. Over 15 video games with the Stars within the 2019-20 season, the 6-foot-7 ahead averaged a stellar 14.3 factors and seven.7 rebounds in 27.4 minutes per sport.
Morgan’s play early on with the Stars caught the attention of their dad or mum membership, the Utah Jazz, and after simply 5 G-League video games, he was inked to a contract in November of 2019.
He frolicked in each the NBA and the G-League from that time on as a rookie till late within the season when he took on a extra outstanding function within the bubble at Disney World in Atlanta.
On August 17, he grew to become the primary undrafted rookie to start out an NBA playoff towards the Denver Nuggets. The Jazz in the end fell to the Nuggets over seven video games, however Morgan earned $746,054 in his first skilled season in keeping with Spotrac.
Morgan started this NBA season with a assured take care of the Jazz that can earn him upwards of $1.5 million. He appeared in 29 common season video games for the Jazz as a fringe rotation participant who has additionally handled some accidents.
He first missed time in February as a consequence of an undisclosed sickness and in late March, he missed time to soreness in his calf. Most just lately, Morgan missed time with a heel harm, however he did return for Utah’s remaining two common season video games towards Oklahoma Metropolis and Sacramento.
Morgan’s function within the playoffs for Utah is prone to be minimal, however accidents may all the time pop up and thrust him into a chance like we noticed within the bubble final fall. His contract for the Jazz is non-guaranteed for the 2021-22 marketing campaign, however he’s eligible for a qualifying supply that might pay him as much as $1.8 million if tendered by the crew.
The truth that Morgan has discovered a method to latch onto a roster spot for 2 seasons as an undrafted participant who’s undersized for his place speaks to his work ethic and flexibility. Morgan has all the time taken satisfaction in his protection, can guard a number of positions and also can stretch the ground successfully at instances as a 3-point shooter from the nook.
Backside Line: There are solely 450-500 NBA jobs per yr and it’s a testomony to Morgan’s perseverance that he guess on himself within the G-League final season relatively than going abroad for a extra profitable scenario. He was rewarded by the Jazz for his play within the G-League and subsequently was capable of latch onto a assured deal and has now earned over $2 million in his first two seasons.
Quotable: “It was loopy, simply the whole lot that led as much as it. Coach telling everyone at observe after which the issues main as much as it. I feel everyone simply reached out saying it’s simply basketball, we do that on daily basis, it’s nothing totally different. Simply go on the market, know the performs and provides it your all, and that’s what I did.” – Morgan after making a begin towards the Nuggets in final season’s playoffs at Walt Disney World.