Darius Morris just might be the 76ers’ best point guard in training camp.
But the Sixers are banking on Michael Carter-Williams – not Morris – to run the team. As a result, the former Los Angeles Laker’s job is to provide a spark off the bench. He's also expected give leadership and guidance to the rookie first-round pick out of Syracuse.
Isn’t there a fine line to helping Carter-Williams since the goal is to become a starter?
“Not necessarily,” said Morris, who’s practicing with a face mask due to breaking his nose during a pre-training camp workout.
“I just want to come out here and play and compete and help the team,” he added. “Whether that’s me coming off the bench and backing him up whatever that may be, I’m not really worried about that.”
Morris realizes that's his role on the team since the Sixers don't have a long-time veteran point guard.
“Me playing, having starts with the Lakers and playoff appearances, there’s a lot I can teach him,” the third-year guard said.
Morris started 17 games last season for the Lakers. He averaged four points, 1.6 assists and 1.2 rebounds and 14.2 minutes for the year.