2016 Hoops Inq. Scouting Report: Jamal Murray (G)

2016 Hoops Inq. Scouting Report: Jamal Murray (G)
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 2015-16 Season Stats:

Points: 20.1

Rebounds: 5.1

Assists: 2.1

Steals: 1.0

45% from the field

42% from three

78% from the free-throw line

Measurements:

Weight: 207 Height w/shoes: 6′ 4.25″ Wingspan: 6′ 6.5″ Max Vert: 39.5

Ceiling:

James Harden

Floor:

Rodney Stuckey

Current Comparison:

Monta Ellis with a three-point jumper

Analysis:

Team Canada with *cue DJ Khaled* another one. Jamal Murray is a special player with a skill-set that several NBA teams will be interested in pursuing in this summer's NBA Draft. A lottery pick, Murray can be an instant contributor to some of the worst teams in the league. The combo guard first gained world attention in the Pan AM Games when Canada pulled off the upset against Team USA. Murray exploded for 22 points in the fourth quarter and overtime combined, after being held scoreless for the first 3 quarters of the game.

Murray was unafraid of other top talents and showed that he has the ability to score at will when he can. However, with that come some flaws. Murray isn't a great playmaker. With an unimpressive 2.2 assists per game for Kentucky, he has a lot of room to grow in that department. He has 79 assists to 84 turnovers on the season, which comes with his questionable decision making. An NBA team that needs scoring at the guard position would enjoy his services in that regard, but the shoot-first guard has to work on his passing to become a star in the league. And at just 18 years young, there shouldn't be any doubt that he will get there.

The scorer gets a good amount of his shots from beyond the arc. He takes 7 three-pointers a game and connects on a hair more than three, which is good for 41 percent from beyond the arc. He's also creative with the ball and can finish well around the basket thanks to his 39-inch vertical. Murray is one of the best scorers in this draft class and has the ability to be a legitimate 20-point scorer on a nightly basis in the professionals when his efficiency gets better.

Murray isn't a great defender by any means, but has the size to guard all point guards and most shooting guards in the league. His experience with Team Canada will help him in the long run, but the question mark of which position he'll play in the pros might scare some teams in the draft. Combo guards aren't what they used to be in the NBA anymore, but Murray might be able to bring it back. The safe range to pick Murray in well be anywhere from 9-15.