PHOENIX (AP) — Markieff Morris was born seven minutes ahead of twin brother Marcus. He was first in the NBA, too, selected by the Phoenix Suns at No. 13 overall, five minutes before the Houston Rockets made Marcus the No. 14 pick.
Markieff was in sweltering Phoenix on Friday, introduced at a news conference at US Airways Center with his mother, Angel, beaming from the front row.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound power forward says he will miss playing alongside his brother, as the pair did at Kansas, but he smiled while noting that Steve Nash would be an upgrade as a teammate.
Coach Alvin Gentry cautioned that there would be a learning curve for the Suns' pick, but says he expects Morris to be "a very good, really solid NBA player."