Markieff Morris named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week

PHOENIX - Remember back to the preseason when Markieff Morris was suspended for throwing an elbow into the face of Serge Ibaka? 

Now, the rest of the NBA is getting a facial from the Suns third-year forward.   

On Monday, Markieff Morris was named the NBA Western Conference Player of the Week.

The former first round pick has been filling up the box score with his scoring, rebounding and shooting. 

Plus, his defense and overall physical presence has put the power into "power forward."  

Currently, Markieff Morris ranks No. 1 in the NBA in field-goal percentage (.627). 

"Just more efficient, just taking the shots that I know," Morris replied when asked what's behind his improved shooting. "Get two or three moves and master ‘em. That's how you become more efficient at your position."

For the week, he averaged 22.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Over his past three games, Morris has shot 30-38 from the field.

Not only is the award the first NBA Player of the Week honor of Morris' career, but it's the first by a Suns player since Amare Stoudemire in November 2008.

The rest NBA is beginning to take notice – including media members.

Zack Lowe of ESPN.com tweeted, "Playing sensational, multifaceted ball: Markieff Morris. Whoa boy"…and Bill Simmons of Grantland.com responded with, "100 percent agree. He's a legit asset. Who knew?"

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