Know About Ja Morant

Temetrius Jamel "Ja" Morant was born on August 10, 1999, He is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Murray State Racers, where he was a consensus first-team All-American as a sophomore in 2019. Morant stands at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) tall and weighs 174 lb (79 kg).

Morant was only lightly recruited by NCAA Division I programs and unranked by recruiting services, despite having been named All-Region Most Valuable Player three times and earning All-State honours at Crestwood High School in Sumter, South Carolina. Nevertheless, he made an immediate impact at Murray State University, earning first-team all-conference honours in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) as a freshman. He had a breakout sophomore season; it saw him win OVC Player of the Year as well as lead the NCAA in assists. As a sophomore, Morant became the first player in NCAA history to average 20-plus points and 10-plus assists per game for a single season.

Morant was selected by the Grizzlies with the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft, and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2020. In 2022, he was named to his first NBA All-Star Game as a starter. At the conclusion of the season, Morant won the NBA Most Improved Player Award, and he was also selected to his first All-NBA Team.

Early Life of Ja Morant

Ja Morant was born in Dalzell, South Carolina, on August 10, 1999, to Tee and Jamie Morant. His mother, Jamie, was a point guard in high school and a softball player in college, while his father was a high school teammate of Ray Allen and played basketball for Claflin University. After playing semi-professionally, Tee considered playing professional basketball overseas, but when Jamie became pregnant with Ja, he abandoned his basketball career and stayed at home, becoming a barber instead.

Morant trained in his backyard with his father, Tee Morant, who taught him step-back jump shots and bought tractor tires for him to practice jumping with a soft landing. Morant played in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) circuit with the South Carolina Hornets, a small grassroots team based in Columbia, South Carolina. For one season, he was teammates with Zion Williamson, who became one of the top players in the 2018 class.

Morant attended Crestwood High School in Sumter, South Carolina. He grew from 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) to 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) in his first three years with the team. Morant left as its all-time leading scorer, with 1,679 points, and scored a career-high 47 points against Sumter High School. In his last two seasons at Crestwood, he averaged 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists per game, earning South Carolina Class 3A All-State honours both years. Morant also left high school as a three-time All-Region Most Valuable Player (MVP). He could not dunk until he was a senior.

Ja Morant Becoming a Professional

Morant was drafted second overall during the 2019 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. On July 2, 2019, he signed a four-year contract worth $39.6 million with the Grizzlies. On October 23, 2019, Morant made his NBA debut, starting in a 101–120 loss to the Miami Heat with 14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and a block. On November 13, he recorded his first career double-double with 23 points and 11 assists, and hit a game winning layup in a 117–115 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. On February 9, 2020, he recorded his first career triple-double in a 106–99 win over the Washington Wizards. Morant was selected to the Rising Stars Game for the 2019–20 season. In the 2019–20 season, Morant led all rookies in assists with an average of 7.1 assists per game, as well as total points scored, with 1,138 (17.8 points per game). At the end of the season, he was named the NBA Rookie of the Year and earned the NBA All-Rookie First Team honour.

Gun incidents

On March 4, 2023, it was revealed that the NBA had launched an investigation into an Instagram Live video of Morant displaying a gun at a Colorado nightclub earlier that morning, just hours after a loss to the eventual NBA champion Denver Nuggets. Later that day, the Grizzlies announced that Morant would be away from the team for at least two games. Morant also released an official statement on that day, stating that he would be leaving the team for an "indefinite amount of time" to find better resources to handle his stress, anxiety, and overall well-being. He also deactivated his Instagram and Twitter accounts. Shoe company Nike, which Morant has a partnership with, released a statement on the incident. In their statement, they said, "We appreciate Ja's accountability and that he is taking the time to get the help he needs. We support his prioritization of his well-being." Morant also reportedly entered a counselling program in Florida. On March 5, Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins stated that there was no timetable for Morant's return to the team. On March 8, the Grizzlies announced that Morant would be away from the team for at least the next four games.

On March 15, Morant met with NBA commissioner Adam Silver in New York after exiting from his counselling program. Multiple other top NBA executives also attended the meeting. The same day, the NBA announced that they had suspended Morant for eight games without pay for the nightclub incident. The suspension covered the six games that Morant had already missed as a result of his leave of absence from the Grizzlies, meaning he would be eligible to return to playing as soon as March 20.

On May 14, two months after the first suspension, he was suspended from all team activities by the Grizzlies for flashing a gun during another Instagram Live session, in this instance on his friend Davonte Pack's account. Following the incident, Silver said he was "shocked" and that the league and the team would assess the extent of further disciplinary actions. On June 16, he was suspended for 25 games provided that he fulfilled a league-sponsored program that addressed his wrongdoings.

2023–24 season: Return from suspension and injury

On December 19, 2023, Morant returned from suspension, he scored 27 of his 34 points in the second half along with a game-winning shot in a 115–113 win against the New Orleans Pelicans. On January 8, 2024, it was reported that Morant would undergo a season-ending right shoulder surgery after sustaining a subluxation during team practice.