Coming out of Georgia Tech, Morrow was regarded as a one dimensional shooter. He had had a solid career in college, but it was fairly inconsistent, and he never starred for his team. He was a good role player, yet he was too limited for the NBA, they said. Morrow could shoot, but he had no other plus skill, and his size and athleticism were average by NBA standards. That's what "they" said, anyway.
"They" were half right; Morrow went undrafted. However, he emerged onto the scene in summer league 2008, after a good week of shooting. It landed him a spot on the Golden State Warriors. And from there, he blew up.
Morrow's still limited; he can't dribble very well, and what little off the dribble game he has usually results in another jumpshot. He's a reasonable athlete, but not a great one, and even though he's bulked up, he doesn't really do much with that bulk. His game remains firmly built around the jumpshot, with not a lot else other than occasional rebounding to offer.
But what a jumpshot it is. Morrow is one of the best shooters in the game, from both three point range and mid range, and he knows how to get open. Be it through movement off the ball, running the floor, up-fakes or dribble pull-ups, Morrow can create the spacing for any jumpshot that he so chooses, and then makes about of half of them. And even if he doesn't choose the best shots sometimes, he's a good enough of a shooter to even hit some of the bad ones. In the words of Vince Vaughn in Swingers, baby's jumpshot is "money."
So good is his shot, in fact, that it led to a spoof website; the Anthony Morrow Facts. It's like the Chuck Morris facts, but with some key differences;
a) It's basketball related (specificly, Anthony Morrow related).
b) It's funny.
c) It's not played out to the point that it's painful, unlike the Chuck Norris facts, which have reach a level of overused unfunniness not seen since the final days of the once-epic The Fast Show. Bad times.
- 22nd September, 2009.