Jamal Murray
Jamal Murray
21-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.
Plays 36 minutes Monday
GDenver Nuggets
December 10, 2018
Murray tallied 16 points (6-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five assists, four steals, and two blocks in 36 minutes during Monday's 105-99 victory over the Grizzlies.
Murray got through the pregame warmups and took his place in the starting lineup, scoring 16 points in 36 minutes. The playing time was right on par with his season average, indicating there should be no issue moving forward. Despite only attempting 10 field-goals, Murray compensated on the defensive end with four steals and two blocks. The Nuggets don't play again until Friday which will give Murray plenty of time to rest.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Available Monday
GDenver Nuggets
December 10, 2018
Murray (lower leg) has been cleared to play Monday against Memphis.
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Comes out for warmups
GDenver Nuggets
Lower Leg
December 10, 2018
Murray (lower leg) is on the court for pregame warmups ahead of Monday's game against the Grizzlies, T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
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Limited at shootaround
GDenver Nuggets
Lower Leg
December 10, 2018
Murray (leg) was limited at shootaround Monday morning and remains questionable for the night's mathup with Memphis, TJ McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
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Listed as questionable Monday
GDenver Nuggets
Lower Leg
December 9, 2018
Murray (shin) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Grizzlies, TJ McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
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Returns to court
GDenver Nuggets
December 8, 2018
Murray (shin) has returned to the court Saturday against the Hawks, T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
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