Jamal Murray
Jamal Murray
23-Year-Old GuardG
Denver Nuggets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Murray managed career-high per-game averages in points (18.2), assists (4.8), rebounds (4.2), blocks (0.4) and minutes (32.6) last season. Moreover, the 22-year-old combo guard took his scoring to another level in the playoffs, posting 21.3 points per game across 14 contests. Denver's offense will almost certainly continue to run through Nikola Jokic. Nevertheless, the sturdy Murray (82, 81 and 75 games played in his first three seasons, respectively) remains the clear second option behind one of the most pass-happy stars in the league, and another leap in year four would elevate his fantasy value toward elite status. In order for that to happen though, Murray may need to improve his field goal percentage (43.7), which fell from 45.1 percent during 2017-18. It's not abnormal for young players to suffer a small regression in efficiency when taking on more responsibility, which is what happened to Murray, whose shot attempts rose from 13.1 to 15.6 per tilt. Furthermore, like most young players, Murray developed a reputation for being somewhat inconsistent, as he was limited to single digits in scoring eight times in 2018-19. Overall, Murray is still arguably one of the better bets to enjoy a breakout campaign and could prove worthy of a fairly high selection on draft day. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $169.65 million contract extension with the Nuggets in July of 2019.
Scores 19 points with six dimes
GDenver Nuggets
February 24, 2020
Murray went for 19 points (8-14 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six assists, one rebound and one steal in 35 minutes during Sunday's 128-116 win over the Timberwolves.
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Murray saw his streak of games scoring 20 or more points end at six, but he still provided decent value with his six assists and a high shooting percentage. Since returning from injury in Feb. 4, Murray is averaging 26.4 points per game while shooting 56.3 percent from the field.
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After spending most of his rookie year behind Jameer Nelson and Emmanuel Mudiay, Murray started 80 of his 81 games for the Nuggets last season. Seeing just over 10 more minutes per game, the Kentucky product set career highs across the board. While he shouldn't be relied upon for assists (3.4) considering Nikola Jokic’s role in the offense, Murray is progressing into a legitimate scoring threat, recording 27 outings of at least 20 points last season, which includes seven 30-plus efforts. Those performances happen in part due to his knock-down three-point (2.0 per game at 37.8 percent) and free-throw (2.8 per game at 90.5 percent) shooting. Moving forward, consistency will be a step Murray needs to take to improve his Fantasy value, as he scored fewer than 10 points in 18 contests, and averaged 24.4 minutes in those tilts. One thing he has been consistent at, however, is staying on the court. Across his first two campaigns, Murray has missed just one contest. Assuming he stays healthy and improves as expected, the point guard seems primed to turn in a top-50 Fantasy campaign.
Murray was one of the best rookies in the league last season and some believe that he has the highest ceiling of any of the 2016 draftees. While he had a tough first couple months, Murray was actually the only player on the roster to play a full 82-game schedule. He really turned it on the last few months of the season, averaging 12.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.9 blocks across his final 37 games. An underrated asset in Murray's game is his free-throw shooting, as he should be leaned on to finish games with his 88.3 percent clip from the charity stripe from last season. That's a void that needs to be filled too, now that Danilo Gallinari is sporting a Clippers jersey. The fact that Murray is just 20-years-old may be the most exciting part for Denver, as he has the potential to become a better than average scoring point guard. After averaging just 21.0 minutes per game last season, Murray is the odds on favorite to open the season as the team's starting point guard ahead of Emmanuel Mudiay and Jameer Nelson, which should afford him a sizable increase in playing time overall. With a big jump in minutes expected, look for a potential breakout season for Murray, though his Fantasy potential remains hard to predict as he'll likely be the fifth option offensively behind the likes of Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic, Wilson Chandler and Gary Harris.
Denver made Murray, a 19-year-old from Kentucky by way of Ontario, Canada the seventh overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, adding even more young talent to an up-and-coming roster. Murray would likely be penciled in as a starter for most lottery teams, but he'll have to compete with incumbent Gary Harris, as well as Will Barton and Wilson Chandler, for minutes as a rookie. While Harris took a significant step forward last season, Murray's long-term upside is arguably higher, so how coach Mike Malone divides minutes between the two is certainly something worth following. Unlike Harris, Murray can also play on the ball and will challenge veteran Jameer Nelson for playing time behind second-year point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. Mudiay showed some promise as a rookie, but he struggles as an outside shooter, an area in which Murray excelled at the college level, knocking down better than 40 percent of his 277 three-point attempts during his freshman season. Still, Murray will have to earn his way onto the floor, and it could be several months before he settles into a defined nightly role. As a result, Murray is much more attractive in dynasty formats than he is in single-season leagues. That said, Murray is probably worth a flier near the end of most single-season drafts, but keep in mind that his short-term upside is capped by the quality of the Nuggets' backcourt depth.
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Big game in OT loss
GDenver Nuggets
February 13, 2020
Murray had 32 points (13-25 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 assists and three rebounds across 44 minutes in Wednesday's 120-116 overtime loss to the Lakers.
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Will play through ankle issue
GDenver Nuggets
February 11, 2020
Murray tweaked his right ankle in Monday's 127-120 win over the Spurs, but he said afterward that he plans on playing in Wednesday's matchup with the Lakers, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
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Shines against Spurs
GDenver Nuggets
February 11, 2020
Murray chipped in with 26 points (11-21 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, two rebounds and one steal in 34 minutes during Monday's 127-120 win over the Spurs.
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Puts on shooting display
GDenver Nuggets
February 9, 2020
Murray totaled 36 points (14-17 FG, 6-8 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes during Saturday's 117-108 victory over Phoenix.
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Drops game-high 31 points
GDenver Nuggets
February 5, 2020
Murray finished with 31 points (12-26 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four assists, two rebounds and one block in 43 minutes during Wednesday's 98-95 victory over Utah.
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