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Keegan outlines career goals for current, future seasons

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Keegan Murray's rookie season has been filled with peaks and valleys. Nonetheless, the No. 4 overall selection in the 2022 NBA Draft has flashed the potential that has many excited about his future. 

Murray has appeared in 61 games throughout the 2022-23 NBA season, averaging 11.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. The 22-year-old wants his teammates to know that he's a dependable player as the Kings enter the season's final stretch. 

"I think the rest of the year just continue to be a glue guy for our team, be able to knock down shots, be able to play and make great open looks and defensively, continue to be good," Murray told Hunter Strait on a recent episode of "The Climb Podcast."

"After [the] All-Star break, I've been good defensively. [I] kind of turn that switch a little bit since then and [want to] be able to guard the other team's good players."

The Kings forward can take what he has learned throughout his rollercoaster season and build off it, knowing that there is plenty of room for growth as he attempts to find the consistency required to be successful in the NBA. 

"I think I have the ability, the ceiling, to be able to take that next step, to be able to be a really good player in this league that comes with playing games, getting that exposure and things like that," Murray continued. 

 

"But I feel like just being with [De'Aaron] Fox, being with [Domantas Sabonis] and them [being] All-Stars and just kind of watching them and see how they work, things like that, just trying to resemble them ... and emulate what they do on off the court and just for myself, just become a better player. I don't know where that will take me, but I know that every single year I want to progress into something, and hopefully, that leads to different accolades and things like that."

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Murray expects that his knowledge obtained throughout the 82-game grind is enough to transform him into a third star that the Kings can pair alongside Fox and Sabonis.