2016 NBA Draft: Jamal Murray scouting report
Jamal Murray 2016 NBA Draft scouting report
Jamal Murray scouting report
Jamal Murray is a lights out shooter who drained 40.8 percent of his threes while averaging 20 points per game as a freshman at Kentucky. However, his game has warts that could limit him throughout his career.
Click through the slides for Murray's strengths, weaknesses, and his fit on the Celtics.
Murray’s shooting ability will be his calling card in the NBA. He shoots flames from downtown off different play types and from all areas of the court. He’s not a good athlete, but he’s an ambidextrous finisher around the rim. Murray has some craftiness to his game, which also manifests for him as a passer.
There’s little doubt that Murray will struggle on defense, but there is reason to have hope. He’s a fireball of energy always bouncing around on defense. Effort isn’t a problem for Murray. It’s everything else, as you’ll read about on the next slide.
Effort isn’t a problem for Murray. It’s technique. It’s athleticism. It’s fundamentals. Celtics fans know how difficult it’s been for the youngsters to earn minutes playing for Brad Stevens, and that’d be similar issue for Murray. You need to play defense to stay on the floor and Murray has a long way to go.
Murray isn’t perfect on offense, either. He might be a knockdown shooter, but it wasn’t always easy for him to get his shots off cleanly against NBA level athletes. OG Anunoby ate Murray for lunch in the NCAA Tournament. He’s also a sloppy ball handler and decision-maker who can get too frenetic. The energy is nice, but sometimes it can work against you. That’s often the case for Murray.
Murray’s shooting could help the Celtics, but beyond that it’s hard to see him making a whole lot of sense. At 6-foot-4, with a stubby wingspan, Murray doesn’t have any versatility on defense. And offensively, unless he makes strides as a decision-maker and ball handler, he might end up being a one-dimensional shooter.
Murray will be on the board when the Celtics pick at No. 3, but he might not make it to No. 16. He’ll most likely be a top 10 pick since teams are thirsty for shooters. Murray’s age (19), combined with his high-level production as a freshman, make him a very appealing option.
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