Maybe it’s because Marcus Morris feels the unmistakable vibe of his beloved hometown Philadelphia in Detroit. Maybe it’s because he’d never developed a bond of trust with another NBA head coach as he has with Stan Van Gundy. Maybe it’s because the connection to his Pistons teammates is stronger than he’s experienced since leaving college.

Probably – almost surely – it is the combination of all of those things that has Morris in the best frame of mind to start a season of his six-year NBA career.

“For sure. Most comfortable I’ve been. The most confident I’ve been since I’ve been in the league. I’m just trusting in my work, trusting in Stan Van Gundy. He’s been straight up and down with me since I’ve been here and I’ve been straight up and down with him.”