Kevin Durant dropped praise on Ja Morant ahead of the Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies game as he feels that Morant is doing stuff that hasn't really been seen before. Going into Monday's game, Durant was asked whether Morant's game reminded him of any past players.
"Nobody really," Durant said. "He's a unique player. A lot of athleticism and creativity out there. Body type reminds you of somebody like -- well he's taller than A.I. [Allen Iverson], but a wiry, strong player, but he's an incredible player, man." Durant, 34, has been in the NBA since 2007.
While praising Morant, Durant showed his respect and appreciations for the games of Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook. "All of these guys are one of ones," Durant said. "I've been in the league with DRose [Derrick Rose] and Russell Westbrook, so many athletic guards I'm missing, but those two stick out the most to me.
The stuff they were doing was unheard of, and you're seeing other guys doing the same thing. I'm sure he's inspired by those two as well. The league's in a great place."
Durant, Ben Simmons praise Morant
Durant wasn't the only Net that praised Morant as Simmons did the same.
Morant has established himself as one of best guards in the league, and Simmons certainly has a great level of respect for Morant's game. "He's an incredible athlete. He pushes the pace, gets his team going, shares the ball.
He's relentless at the rim, so we just got to be physical. I think physical and communication is going to be our best thing," Simmons said of Morant. Meanwhile, Simmons will have the task to stop Morant. Simmons, who is one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, has proved that he can defend anyone on a high level.
After Simmons helped the Nets beat the Toronto Raptors, he earned praise from Durant. "He just got downhill -- he just played free," Durant said of Simmons. "He didn't think too much. I think we're all a little anxious to start playing, start the season last game, so we had a better start to the game.
He impacted the game as much as he could tonight. We need that from everybody, but I think we're all a little [more] relaxed, even the coaches." It remains to be seen if Durant and Simmons can help the Nets beat Morant and the Grizzlies tonight.