Grizzlies' Ja Morant during play-in game against the Blazers
Aug 15, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies reacts after a dunk against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter in the Western Conference play-in game one at The Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis Grizzlies star guard Ja Morant was absolutely sensational as a rookie, nearly leading his upstart team to what would have been a shocking playoff appearances.

Less than two weeks after his season came to a conclusion, Morant has now earned a top individual honor.

Grizzlies star Ja Morant wins NBA rookie of the Year

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Morant got a whopping 99 of the 100 first-place votes. It would have been unanimous if one person had not voted for top pick Zion Williamson.

Morant might have talked about not caring too much about this award earlier in his rookie season, but it’s clear he earned it. The former Murray State star averaged 17.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 7.3 assists while shooting a remarkable 48% from the field as a rookie.

Needless to say, the NBA world had its reactions to Thursday’s momentous news.

Vincent Frank
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