If the Suns wanted someone who blew them away with his vertical-leap test in 2011, they would have drafted Iman Shumpert. And they almost did.

JaJuan Johnson was that draft’s highest hopping big man, but there is more to the job than jumping. His career (36 games) could not match his vertical leap (38 inches).

That Suns front office, with scouting led by holdover director of player personnel John Treloar, went with Markieff Morris, the power forward with complete-game potential, over Kenneth Faried, known for energy and rebounding.

Morris’ third season is starting to show what was beyond a mediocre 31 1/2–inch vertical leap. Morris is putting more power into his power-forward title and showing athleticism that the staff always saw.

“I’m a game jumper,” Morris said. “You test me in the game, and I’m probably a 37 (-inch vertical).”

Denver center Timofey Mozgov can attest. Morris jumped from behind him Friday to slam in a free-throw miss.

It has been a three-game party at the rim for Morris, who followed coach Jeff Hornacek’s request to move his offense to the paint more. The product was consecutive career-high-scoring games because 21 of his 33 baskets came at the rim.

His 28 points and 10 rebounds Friday came off the bench against the Nuggets and Faried, who started for three points and five rebounds.

“He’s high energy,” Morris said of Faried, who former Suns coach Alvin Gentry used as a high-motor example for Morris. “You take the energy away, and he ain’t doing nothing. Nothing.”

Morris is on a career-best three-game scoring stretch with 68 points, scoring efficiently like Amar’e Stoudemire did in his heyday with the Suns. In the past two games, Morris has made 21 of 26 shots with inside-outside versatility, and he has grabbed 22 rebounds.