Adrian Oliver came off the bench to score 14 key points, team highs of 9 rebounds and 5 assists and most importantly put a damper on the fireworks of one incredible player by the name of Rodney Stuckey. Stuckey, the Kentwood High (Covington Wash.) product, looked every bit a future NBA combo guard...[details]
Strengths: Morrison is a scorer, plain and simple. At 6-foot-8 he has excellent size for an NBA small-forward. He also has an incredible knack for putting the ball in the hoop that cannot be taught. Despite his seemingly awkward athleticism, Morrison showed the ability to create his own shot at will against the best and most athletic defenders in college basketball. His ball-handling skills are very good, his mid-range game is superb, and he's liable to knock down contested shots from anywhere on the floor. He can get his shot off at any time and in any situation, thanks to his multiple release points, all of which are effective. His savvy in maximizing his time on the offensive end is without equal in this draft. His motor is outstanding, and his competitive nature keeps him on the floor. As a passer, Morrison is quite solid. He is also gritty enough to get in the paint and pull down rebounds, particularly on offense
Weaknesses: Morrison is one of the more atypical prospects to enter the draft in quite some time, not fitting any mold for how a future NBA star is supposed to look or play. His lack of athleticism is the main concern. Morrison runs the floor awkwardly and certainly lacks explosiveness, both in his first step and especially in his leaping ability. He's been a phenomenal success despite those liabilities, mainly because of his work ethic and unbelievable skill level. As a defender, Morrison was already considered sub-par even at the West Coast Conference level. In the NBA, it's not hard to imagine him being a complete liability if he refuses to put in even minimal effort the way he often did in college. Beyond his apathy on defense, there are serious concerns about his lack of lateral quickness.