The Nuggets want Jamal Murray to return to kind on this Western Convention 1st Spherical collection in opposition to San Antonio. After reaching double-digits within the first 2 contests in Denver, he mustered simply 6 factors in 31 minutes in Thursday’s street loss.
Down 2-1, the Nuggets want higher manufacturing to offset Spurs guard Derrick White, who has poured in 36 within the Spurs’ Recreation Three win. For a franchise that hasn’t been previous the first spherical since 2009, it wants its greatest perimeter participant in Murray to return to kind.
Since hitting the league in 2016, the previous Kentucky Wildcat has averaged slightly below 15 factors and three.four assists per recreation. Let’s check out his school profession and his path to the NBA.
Jamal Murray Kentucky Profession & Stats
The 6-foot-5, 180-pounder hails from Toronto, as he attended Grand River Collegiate Institute in Kitchener & Orangeville Prep in Ontario. 247 Sports activities listed him as a 5-star and the No. 10 prospect within the nation popping out of Athlete Institute Basketball Academy.
He selected Kentucky over affords from the likes of Oregon, Connecticut, Michigan State and Michigan. He defined his determination in an interview with Northpole Hoops in June 2015, emphasizing head coach John Calipari’s historical past with pumping out NBA first-rounders similar to Derrick Rose.
He solely wanted one season to show himself in Lexington. His 20 factors per recreation on 40.eight p.c 3-point capturing helped the Wildcats to the 2016 SEC regular-season and convention titles. They bowed out within the 2nd Spherical of the NCAA Match to Indiana.
He notched double-digit video games in 35 of 36 video games, with the one exception being a routine blowout of New Jersey Institute of Expertise within the 2nd recreation of the season. His greatest recreation of the 12 months was a 35-point outburst to high Florida at Rupp Enviornment.
NBA Scouts appreciated his offensive creativity, although he was criticized for a scarcity of elite athleticism.
“He reveals some inventive capacity to complete across the basket, particularly since he’s not an amazing athlete,” an Jap Convention scout stated to Bleacher Report. “I believe it’s essential that he’s keen to drive and have some physicality with it, which you additionally noticed when he performed in worldwide competitors, but in addition capable of end with some creativity utilizing each of his palms and off the glass.”
It didn’t deter the Denver Nuggets, who drafted him No. 7 total within the 2016 NBA Draft. A couple of years later, he’s the backcourt chief on the Western Convention’s No. 2 seed.
Whereas he abdicates a whole lot of his touches to the froncourt trio of Nikola Jovic, Paul Millsap and Mason Plumlee, his 3-point contact (36 p.c in his profession) stretches out opposing defenses to provide them room.
He must proceed proving that if the Nuggets are going to advance to the convention semifinals.