Michael Jordan had the third pick in the 2006 NBA draft. Air Jordan picked Adam Morrison for the Charlotte Bobcats. As the third pick, only Andrea Bargnani and LaMarcus Aldridge was ahead of Adam Morrison. Many future NBA stars followed… Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay, Rajon Rondo, Shannon Brown, Jordan Farmer, Daniel Gibson, and Leon Powell were among them.

Adam Morrison had an acceptable rookie year. Averaging almost thirty minutes of court time, he showed that he could score. With nearly twelve points per game, Adam Morrison showed some of the scoring touch from a much decorated college career. Then a torn ACL meant that 2007 – 08 season would be lost. In a come-back year, Adam Morrison’s playing time dropped by more than half. By February, Adam Morrison was playing only a bit over fifteen minutes per game and his scoring had dropped to less than five points per game.

Then came a trade to the L.A. Lakers. Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown went to the Lakers in exchange for Vladimir Radmanovic. In their championship run, the Lakers did not have any expectations from Adam Morrison. Phil Jackson recognized that he may need more time to heal from his injury and be back at NBA speed.

Adam Morrison has played in the summer league. He is continuing to train and restore his game. This is a contract year for him. Adam Morrison will be looking for a professional contract after the 2009 – 2010 season. The coming season is an opportunity for Adam Morrison to prove that he can help the Lakers and that he belongs in the NBA. It is a season for Adam Morrison to prove that he has recovered from the ACL tear.

This is not the first time that the Lakers have found themselves with a top Michael Jordan pick. Kwame Brown was another Michael Jordan pick, selected out of high school. Adam Morrison has the advantage of having had a stellar college career where he proved he could play. There will be expectations for the coming season. The Lakers have expectations of returning to the NBA championship series – and for Adam Morrison, a professional basketball career is on the line.

Catherine Forsythe