Jamal Murray
Jamal Murray
22-Year-Old GuardG
Denver Nuggets
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.57 million contract with the Nuggets in July of 2016. Nuggets exercised $3.5 million team option for 2018-19 in September of 2017. Nuggets exercised $4.44 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018.
Scores 24 points in Game 4 victory
GDenver Nuggets
April 20, 2019
Murray posted 24 points (8-14 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six assists, and two rebounds in 33 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 Game 4 win over the Spurs.
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Murray bounced back after delivering a dud in Thursday's Game 3 defeat, in which he had nearly as many turnovers (four) as points (six). Murray has been fairly inconsistent all year, but this is his second 24-point performance through four playoff games. With the series tied at two games apiece, the 22-year-old guard will likely need to provide another impressive showing if the Nuggets hope to avoid an elimination game on the road.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
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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Scores 24 points in Game 2 win
GDenver Nuggets
April 16, 2019
Murray managed 24 points (8-17 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 6-7 FT), four assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 114-105 Game 2 win over the Spurs.
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Struggles mightily in loss
GDenver Nuggets
April 14, 2019
Murray totaled 17 points (8-24 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six steals, and two rebounds in 34 minutes during Saturday's 101-96 loss to the Spurs.
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Teases triple-double in victory
GDenver Nuggets
April 11, 2019
Murray totaled 17 points (6-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-4 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists, and one block in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 99-95 victory over the Timberwolves.
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Will play vs. Jazz
GDenver Nuggets
April 9, 2019
Murray (rest) will play in Tuesday's game against the Jazz, Katy Winge of Altitude TV reports.
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Won't play vs. Blazers
GDenver Nuggets
Rest
April 6, 2019
Murray will sit out Sunday's game for rest against the Trail Blazers.
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