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Who is Juwan Morgan? Seldom-used Utah Jazz rookie starts Game 1 of playoffs

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Utah Jazz forward Juwan Morgan (16) grabs the rebound away from Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown (6) during an NBA game at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. Morgan will start for the Jazz in the NBA playoffs.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — With Mike Conley in Ohio for the birth of his son, the Utah Jazz are turning to seldom-used, undrafted rookie Juwan Morgan to take the fifth spot in the starting lineup for Monday’s Game 1 of their first-round series against the Denver Nuggets.

Who is Morgan? Here are some fast facts.

  • Born in Waynesville, Missouri, the 6-foot-7, 232-pound Morgan was a four-year player at Indiana, where he averaged 15.5 points per game as a senior.
  • He went undrafted in 2019 but signed with the Jazz soon after. He was waived during training camp but was added to the Salt Lake City Stars roster. In 15 games for the Stars, he averaged 14.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
  • Entering Monday, he had appeared in 21 games for the Jazz this season, and was often used at center against the Houston Rockets. For the year, Morgan averaged 1.7 points and 1.4 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per contest.