Realistic Expectations for Denver Nuggets Rookie Jamal Murray in 2016-17

July 19th, 2016 by C.J. Moore Leave a reply »

The Denver Nuggets were fortunate to have Jamal Murray fall to them at No. 7 in the 2016 NBA draft. He was exactly what they were looking for: a three-point shooter who can play both guard positions.

The Nuggets thought so highly of Murray that they had him slotted at No. 3 on their 2016 NBA draft board, according to Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post.

That's not a surprise considering his success at Kentucky—Murray was the first player under John Calipari at UK to average better than 20 points per game. Considering the pros Cal has run through Lexington, that's quite the achievement. 

Murray was one of the best natural scorers available in this draft, and Denver saw him as an ideal fit because it believes he can coexist with second-year point guard Emmanuel Mudiay or thrive in a more ball-dominant role when Mudiay goes to the bench. 

"Those people who have only seen him at Kentucky see him as an off-the-ball player, but before he got to Kentucky, he was a true point guard," Denver head coach Mike Malone said on the ESPN telecast during Denver's summer-league opener. "We'll have him on ...

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