In only 24 minutes of play off the bench, Jamal Murray delivered an exhilarating performance for the Nuggets in a win over the 76ers at Wells Fargo Arena last night. Murray poured in 22 points, going 8-12 from the field, and 3-7 from behind the arc. The former Wildcat has scored at least 20 points in four of his last eight games. After winning Western Conference rookie of the month, Jamal Murray is finally getting advertised as a future star in the league. Right now, it seems to be a two-way race for Rookie of the Year, with Joel Embiid and Murray fighting for that award.
Still somewhat of a streaky shooter, Murray has shown flashes of brilliance in the young season. When he is hot, he is hot, and there is very little that teams can do to defend him. He has shown potential to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket as well, but it seems as though shooting will be his strength for years to come. With Emmanuel Mudiay only 20, and Murray only 19, the Nuggets may be forced to pick one of the two down the road to lead the franchise. Mudiay is more of a play maker for his teammates, while Murray tends to be a scorer. As Murray develops, he has the chance to play the point guard position on a consistent basis.
Look out for the “Blue Arrow” in the Mile-High City because he can put on quite a performance when his stroke is on point. Murray’s name will absolutely be in contention when it comes to Rookie of the Year honors. The six teams that passed on Murray are scratching their heads right now, wondering why they didn’t take him in the 2016 NBA draft. Murray brings a lot of excitement to this young Nuggets team, and although he may not drop 60 like Klay Thompson, he has shown incredible potential as a rookie.