NBA Awards Watch: 2023–24: How Ja Morant's comeback might affect the futures market

The Grizzlies are struggling with a 6-19 record, sitting 7.5 games behind the 10th place Suns in the competitive Western Conference. 

Morant's return offers hope, given his status as one of the best players in the NBA. 

Morant's return as the offensive focal point could improve efficiency and defensive performance. 

– 2021-22 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart's return is imminent. – Expected to fill the defensive leader role previously held by Brooks.

If Morant maintains health, Grizzlies could exceed last season's 62% win rate. 

Despite past injuries, when Morant played last season, the Grizzlies performed significantly better. 

Morant's return could provide the Grizzlies with a legitimate chance to make the play-in and playoffs. 

Betting odds for the Grizzlies making the playoffs are +1100, indicating long-shot status. 

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