Based on its application, we might've presumed the word "safe" had been appropriated to define a position on a basketball court.
It would go something like this: Markieff Morris, safe power forward.
Well, that reference certainly seemed to mark a comfort zone for the unofficial seers of the 2011 NBA Draft, who were obliged to judge the Phoenix Suns' selection at No. 13.
"If he's considered 'safe,' I'll take it every day of the week."
Those words were used by Suns general manager Lance Blanks to define his position on the rookie from Kansas. It should be noted that safe often is lobbed into the adjective pool as a method to filter any allegedly misguided interpretation of a prospect's (more code here) "upside."
After three years playing for the Jayhawks alongside twin brother Marcus (pick No. 14 of the Houston Rockets), the 6-foot-10, 245-pound Morris had inspired muted celebration of his potential. Unlike some of the young pups selected ahead of him, Markieff didn't have the wi...