MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis Grizzlies Guard Ja Morant will tell you he’s had to prove himself at every level from high school to the NBA. Well, the proof is in the hooping. Morant is honored with the second cover of his rookie season on SLAM Magazine. SLAM is sort of a Hip Hop NBA version of Sports Illustrated.
“If you’d have asked me in high school would I ever be on a SLAM cover, I probably would’ve said no,” Morant says. “To be honest, I don’t know who would’ve thought I’d be, not only my first, but my second time. It’s been a crazy journey. You know, I’m just thankful and grateful for it it. Being on my second SLAM cover, finally in the NBA, the Grizzlies definitely took me back to my first time. It’s surreal. Not too many people have this opportunity. I’m very thankful for it. And I will continue to work, keep making people proud. Keep being a great role model to whoever’s looking up to me. With this being said, it just shows that hard work pays off. Y’know, just continue to believe in yourself, and in God, and you can be in the same position that I’m in. I’m just blessed. And I just appreciate everybody who’s rooting for me and continue to just push me to get better, and allow this opportunity to 0happen.”
Through 59 games, Morant leads all rookies in scoring and assists. He’s shooting almost 50% from the Floor, and 36% from the three-point line.