CLEVELAND —Ja Morant’s superstar status has reached the level where NBA players sound like fans when speaking about his game.
As Cleveland guard Isaac Okoro put it, when he catches highlights on SportsCenter or House of Highlights, Morant is a regular.
“You go on your phone and it’s an every night thing,” Okoro said Saturday ahead of Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game (7 p.m. CT, TNT). “He’s dunking on somebody or doing something crazy. He’s probably the most explosive player in the league right now.”
When asked who the NBA’s most explosive player is, participants in the NBA Rising Stars game and All-Stars overwhelmingly pointed to Morant. De’Aaron Fox and Russell Westbrook were the other names mentioned, but here is what was said about Morant’s explosiveness during All-Star Weekend:
Nikola Jokic, Denver: “When he’s at full speed, he has like one more gear.”
Fred VanVleet, Toronto: “He can just go. He can run past you with the ball, without the ball. Feel like he can touch the shot clock.”
Isaiah Stewart, Detroit: “He just shifty, quick off his feet, so you got to be down and ready for him,”
Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland, Denver: “Just transition very explosive on fastbreaks and stuff like that. He’s quick, very athletic, so all that ties into how his athleticism always comes into play.”
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Jae’Sean Tate, Houston: “He’s the most explosive because he just jumps in the air and he can do anything in the air.”
Tyrese Maxey, Philadelphia: “Just the way he uses his twitch muscles, changes directions and leaps. It’s crazy. We was just in the locker room after the (Memphis) game and we was just talking about how in awe you are of it because it’s just not natural.”
Jalen Suggs, Orlando: “He’s kind of honed in when to go, when not to go, but he’s always got that attacking mindset.”
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