Friday, June 5, 2009

What happened to Adam Morrison?

By Anthony Caruso III

Adam Morrison was one of the prominent college basketball players just a few years ago. He was named Co-Player of the Year with Duke University's J. J. Redick by the United States Basketball Writers Association. And won the 2006 Chevrolet Player of the Year award.

After his college career, many media members had Morrison as a Top 10 pick. And he did go high in the draft, when the Charlotte Bobcats drafted Morrison with the 3rd overall pick. He was picked behind Andrea Bargnani and LaMarcus Aldridge. The Bobcats picked Morrison over Brandon Roy, Randy Foye, Rudy Gay, Rajon Rondo, among others.

Morrison would average 11.8 points per game during his rookie campaign. Then, he would miss the following career. He would tear his ACL during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers, which resulted in season-ending surgery. He wouldn't last three seasons in Charlotte.

After rehabbing from the surgery, he appeared in 44 games with Charlotte. He would start 5 games in Larry Brown's lineup. But he would eventually be traded to the Lakers, along with fellow 2006 draft pick Shannon Brown, for Vladimir Radmanovic. Morrison has only appeared in 5 games with the Lakers.

He is averaging 1.3 points and 1 rebound in 5.5 minutes in those 5 games.

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