The Grizzlies star dropped a career-high 52 points against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. Afterwards, Allen Iverson praised Ja Morant on Twitter, claiming it’s only a matter of time before he’s the MVP.
We’re quickly running out of superlatives for Ja Morant. The Grizzlies point guard is the most exciting player in the NBA, and is coming off the back of a career-high 52 points against the Spurs.
Two days prior, Ja Morant had already set a regular-season franchise record 46 points against the Bulls. While he may not be the MVP frontrunner right now, the former Rookie of the Year is certainly a contender. For Allen Iverson, it’s only a matter of time before Ja wins the award.
Ja Morant dazzles in win over Spurs
On Monday night, Ja Morant scored 52 points on 22-of-30 shooting to lift the Grizzlies to a 118-105 win. The mercurial point guard produced two particularly dazzling moments during the game. The first came when he threw down a vicious dunk over 7-footer Jakob Poeltl.
The second came with 0.4 seconds to go in the second quarter when Steven Adams threw a full-court pass to Ja, who caught the ball in midair and sunk an improbable fadeaway to beat the buzzer.
Allen Iverson and Ja Morant share Twitter love
One of the players Ja Morant is often compared to is Allen Iverson. Both players have a skinny build and are on the smaller side, but possess blinding speed, can score at will, and have a natural flair for highlight plays.
Iverson, the 2001 MVP, clearly sees a lot of his game in Morant. During last night’s game, AI shared a picture of the MVP award with Morant’s jersey wrapped around it with the caption: ‘Sooner or Later!!! @JaMorant.’
The tweet made its way to Morant who paid his respects to Iverson by sharing a photoshopped image of the pair with the caption: ‘pass the torch OG’ followed by a flame emoji.
Fans commented that ‘game recognize game’
People were loving the exchange, with comments like ‘game recognize game’ being posted underneath the original tweet.
The sky really is the limit for Ja. This latest win puts the Grizzlies just two games behind the Golden State Warriors for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.