This is the 10th post in a series awarding midseason grades to some of the Lakers. This focuses on the rookies.
Player: Darius Morris
How he did: 2.7 points on 52% in 10.3 minutes through 13 games.
Good: Even with his limited playing time, Morris shows potential with his play-making abilities and athleticism. He hasn't let his limited role detract him from working hard. Morris routinely stays after practice to work on shots and often arrives early for pregame warmups.
Bad: Morris faced a tough hand by immediately assuming Steve Blake's backup spot during his injury after appearing in only one regular-season game. Still, Morris did a few things that made the coaching staff lack confidence in him. He often overdribbled, averaged just as many turnovers as assists and appeared intent on doing way too much.
Morris has NBA potential. But he needs more playing time to develop. Unfortunately for the Lakers, they can't afford to give him that luxury even if they have a need at point guard. Morris has routinely said he doesn't regret leaving the Michigan after his sophomore season because he can learn more from NBA players. But I can't see how sitting on the bench in the NBA rather than sharpening his skills in college is a better option.