After being drafted seventh overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, Denver Nuggets combo guard Jamal Murray showed real promise during moments in his rookie campaign.
Impressively playing in all 82 games, the 20 year old averaged 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists over 21.5 minutes per game for Denver, shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc. It’s worth noting that he took a high-volume of long-range shots, knocking down 115 of his 344 attempts from beyond the arc.
Although his numbers could have certainly been better from an efficiency perspective, Murray showed an ability to fill up the scoring sheet at times, especially when given the opportunity to play major minutes towards the end of the season. On April 7 against the New Orleans Pelicans, he shot 10-for-14 from the field for a career-high 30 points in 38 minutes. In the last game of the campaign against the Oklahoma City Thunder a few days later on April 12, he dropped 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting.
However, despite finishing the season by averaging 15.1 points and 5.0 assists in 33.4 minutes over seven games in April, Murray recently found his name in offseason trade rumors and he admitted it has been a stressful time for him.
“It’s different knowing I could be in Cleveland right now. I could be in Minnesota. I could be anywhere in a couple days. It’s kind of nerve wracking because you don’t know what’s going on and there are so many rumours. I just have to stay ready and prepared for any opportunity,” Murray told Donnovan Bennett of Sportsnet Canada.
He also noted that his teammates are on edge as well and are even holding off on working out together until the summer ends.
“We kind of wait until it’s all said and done before we talk about it. We try and make sure everybody is on the same page with the guys that we’ve got. We’re going to have some workouts later to see what everybody has been doing. We kind of wait for the season and wait until we have everyone united and together before we make any decisions,” Murray revealed.
After signing free agent Paul Millsap, the Nuggets are positioned to have one of the most dynamic frontcourts in the NBA, as the All-Star will be paired alongside Nikola Jokic, who emerged as a viable star last year. However, Murray is a part of a backcourt that is completely crowded. Jameer Nelson, Gary Harris, Will Barton and Malik Beasley would likely compete with Murray at one of the two guard spots if the season started right now, thus arguably making him expendable for the right compensation.News Now - Sport News