Masquese Chriss – the rising Phoenix of the Phoenix Suns

It’s only been a few years since Marquese Chriss started playing competitive basketball, yet he already has an impressive offensive skill set in his locker. Some of Marquese’s work needs polishing, but there is no denying the towering star has bags of potential. At the young age of just 18, he is playing against the real life pro’s while his peers make do with NBA 2K or Basketball Stars on

He is a born leaper and his soft hands allow him to catch and finish alley-oops with one or two hands high above the rim. He is a great attacker, and poses a hellish threat going forward.

Though his game still needs work, there is no denying that he has a huge future. The 18-year-old has the ability to become a great three-point threat, and you only need to see his statistics to see why. Whilst playing college basketball, he shot thirty-five percent in college on 1.8 attempts per game. Why can’t he do that in the NBA? As Derrick Rose once famously, and sincerely said: “Why can’t I be the MVP of the league? Why can’t I be the best player in the league? I don’t see why [not]? Why can’t I do that?”

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Marquese’s jumper has good form and with practice, he will undoubtedly improve his shooting. He is already dangerous from mid-range, and a quick first step to ease past slower power forwards. Again, his stats do the speaking for him, he shot 43.9 percent on two-point jumpers and 56.8 percent on all two-point field goal attempts. One of his weaknesses is his persistence to finish with his right-hand, he likes to drive left but seldom finishes with his left hand, which often lands him in danger. Although his post-game still needs polishing, his right handed hook shot and post turn-around are well above average for someone his age.

The Phoenix Suns Star also has some excellent defensive capabilities. A good lateral quickness, allows him to contain guards when switched onto them. He also has excellent timing when it comes blocking opponent’s shots, averaging 1.6 per game in 24.9 minutes.

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For someone with such a perfect frame for basketball, 6ft 9, with a standing reach of an extra two foot, Marquese’s defensive rebounding is beyond poor. He rarely boxes out his opponent and displays huge a lack of effort to attack the glass. That said, for all of Marquese’s weaknesses, his athleticism and talent out-shadow them, and he is sure to be a massive player in the NBA.