It couldn’t have been an easy transition for Markieff Morris to learn the NBA game this season, although his recent play has indicated otherwise.

Consider that Morris has had all of this on his table as a rookie in the 2011-12 season: an uncertain labor situation following the NBA Draft; an abbreviated, to say the least, training camp to learn the Suns system; new offensive and defensive principles to abide by; a much longer and more frequent game schedule, in part due to the shortened season; and a mid-season shooting slump.

By putting that all in his rearview, Morris has once again become a consistent contributor to the Suns while the team has plowed through the competition to the tune of a 16-7 post-All-Star break record.

In the past 10 games alone, the power forward reset his season-high in points with 22 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and then he put up 21 on Monday against the Timberwolves. Better yet, both games turned out to be blowout victories for the Suns.

He’s also been a force against some of the better teams in the league.

Morris had a couple highlight plays against the Miami Heat, and also posted 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting in that game. Then in a 20-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, Morris put his stamp on the game – just like the rest of the bench – by only missing one of his five shots for 13 points. He added five rebounds, as well. has recognized Morris’ play by including him in their latest edition of its Rookie Rankings. The Suns power forward may even have a case to be placed a little higher on that list.

Still wanting more word on the Suns, check out these links:

• Daria Del Colliano of penned a story on Jared Dudley, focusing on his acceptance of the role he currently holds in Phoenix.

• I’m sure Suns point guard Steve Nash was right in this instance, just look at how convincing he is in this photo featured in’s “‘I Didn’t Foul’ Faces” photo gallery.

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