Jamal Murray

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Jamal Murray
Murray in Kentucky's 2015 Blue-White scrimmage
No. 27 – Denver Nuggets
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1997-02-23) February 23, 1997 (age 21)
Kitchener, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school Grand River (Kitchener, Ontario)
Orangeville Prep (Orangeville, Ontario)
College Kentucky (2015–2016)
NBA draft 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career 2016–present
Career history
2016–present Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jamal Murray (born February 23, 1997) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats[1][2] before being drafted by the Nuggets with the seventh overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

Early life

Murray was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, the son of Sylvia and Roger Murray, who was born in Jamaica and moved to Canada at age nine.[1][3][4] He also has a younger brother, Lamar. His father grew up running track and field and playing basketball; as a youth, his father played against Kitchener native Lennox Lewis before Lewis began his professional boxing career.[1][3]

When Murray was three years old, he could play basketball "for hours" and played in a league for ten-year-old when he was six.[2][3] By the age of 12 or 13, he began playing pick-up games against top high school and college players. His father put him through many basketball drills and kung fu exercises, including meditation.[2][3]

High school career

Murray attended Grand River Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, later transferring to Orangeville Prep in Orangeville, Ontario, where his father served as an assistant coach.[5] He and fellow prospect Thon Maker formed a duo that helped Orangeville Prep defeat many American schools.[3]

At the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit, Murray scored a game-high 30 points and was named the MVP.[6][7]

Murray was named MVP of the 2015 BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game, which includes the top high school players in Canada.[1]

Murray played AAU basketball for the CIA Bounce.[2]

College career

On June 24, 2015, Murray committed to Kentucky to play for coach John Calipari.[8][9][10] As a freshman in 2015–16, he was featured on the Midseason Top 25 list for the John R. Wooden Award,[11] and was named to the 35-man midseason watchlist for the Naismith Trophy.[12] He appeared in 36 games and averaged 20.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 40.8% from three-point range. Following his freshman season, Murray was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press.[13] Murray also made the All-SEC First Team and the SEC All-Freshman Team.[14] Murray's 20.0 points per game are the most by any freshman in Kentucky's program history and the most for any player in John Calipari’s tenure as head coach.[15]

Professional career

Denver Nuggets (2016–present)

On June 23, 2016, Murray was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the seventh overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.[16][17] On August 9, 2016, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Nuggets.[18] On November 13, 2016, he scored a career-high 19 points in a 112–105 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.[19] He topped that mark on November 22, scoring 24 points in a 110–107 win over the Chicago Bulls.[20] On December 1, he was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in October and November.[21] On February 17, 2017, Murray was named MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge after posting a game-high 36 points (9-14 3FG) and a game-high 11 assists in Team World's 150–139 victory over Team USA.[22] On April 7, 2017, he scored a career-high 30 points in a 122–106 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.[23] At the season's end, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.[24]

On November 11, 2017, Murray scored a career-high 32 points in a 125–107 win over the Orlando Magic.[25] Six days later, he had a 31-point effort in a 146–114 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.[26] On January 22, 2018, he scored a career-high 38 points, including a three-point play in the final minute, as the Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 104–101.[27] On February 1, 2018, he had a 33-point effort in a 127–124 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.[28]

On November 5, 2018, Murray scored a career-high 48 points in a 115–107 win over the Boston Celtics.[29]

Career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


Regular season

2016–17 Denver 82 10 21.5 .404 .334 .883 2.6 2.1 .6 .3 9.9
2017–18 Denver 81 80 31.7 .451 .378 .905 3.7 3.4 1.0 .3 16.7
Career 163 90 26.6 .432 .359 .898 3.1 2.7 .8 .3 13.3


2015–16 Kentucky 36 36 35.2 .454 .408 .783 5.2 2.2 1.0 .3 20.0

National team career

Murray represented Canada at the 2013 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship in Uruguay, and averaged 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game in leading the team to a bronze medal.[30] He played for the Canadian national team at the 2015 Pan American Games, helping the team win a silver medal.[31] His final averages for the tournament were 16.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, while shooting 45.9% from the field.

Awards and honors

  • Third-team All-AmericanAP (2016)
  • First-team All-SEC (2016)
  • SEC All-Freshman team (2016)
  • SEC All-Tournament team (2016)


  1. ^ a b c d Meet the Wildcats: Family, basketball at center of Murray’s life CoachCal.com. Accessed on March 21, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Zen and the Art of Making the Perfect Player: Meet Kentucky's Jamal Murray Bleacher Report. Accessed on March 21, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e How to Make the Biggest Decision of Your Life Sportsnet.ca. Accessed on March 21, 2016.
  4. ^ Stardom Without Skates: Toronto Becomes a Hub of Basketball Talent The New York Times. Accessed on March 21, 2016.
  5. ^ Jamal Murray From Orangeville To The NBA?
  6. ^ With bright future, Canadian prospect Jamal Murray aspires to 'be more'
  7. ^ Canada's Jamal Murray named Nike Hoop Summit MVP
  8. ^ Five-star guard Jamal Murray commits to Kentucky over Oregon
  9. ^ Secret's out: Murray vaults Cats' class to No. 1
  10. ^ Canadian hoops phenom Jamal Murray chooses University of Kentucky
  11. ^ Wooden Award Top 25 Announced
  12. ^ Payne, Terrence (February 11, 2016). "Naismith Trophy midseason list announced". Fox Sports. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  13. ^ "Associated Press names UK's Tyler Ulis a first-team All-American". kentucky. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  14. ^ "Tyler Ulis wins Player of Year, Jamal Murray 1st team All-SEC". CatsPause. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  15. ^ "Jamal Murray - 2015-16 Men's Basketball - University of Kentucky". ukathletics.com. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  16. ^ Dempsey, Christopher (June 23, 2016). "Denver Nuggets select Jamal Murray with No. 7 pick in NBA draft". DenverPost.com. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  17. ^ "Denver Nuggets Select Murray, Hernangomez and Beasley in First Round of 2016 NBA Draft". NBA.com. June 24, 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  18. ^ "Nuggets Sign Murray, Hernangomez and Beasley". NBA.com. August 9, 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  19. ^ "Lillard scored 32 in Blazers' 112-105 win over Denver". ESPN.com. November 13, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  20. ^ "Barton's 2 free throws lift Nuggets over Bulls, 110-107". ESPN.com. November 22, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  21. ^ "Jamal Murray Named Western Conference Rookie of the Month". NBA.com. December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  22. ^ "Jamal Murray Named MVP of 2017 Rising Stars Challenge". NBA.com. February 17, 2017. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  23. ^ "Murray scores career-high 30, Nuggets beat Pelicans 122-106". ESPN.com. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  24. ^ Rohrbach, Ben (June 27, 2017). "Draymond Green, Joel Embiid headline NBA's All-Defensive, All-Rookie team announcements". Yahoo.com. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  25. ^ "Murray scores career-high 32 as Nuggets beat Magic, 125-107". ESPN.com. November 11, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
  26. ^ "Murray scores 31 as Nuggets beat Pelicans 146-114". ESPN.com. November 17, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  27. ^ "Murray's 38 points lead Nuggets over Trail Blazers 104-101". ESPN.com. January 22, 2018. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  28. ^ "Harris hits 3 at buzzer, Nuggets beat Thunder 127-124". ESPN.com. February 1, 2018. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  29. ^ "Murray scores 48 as Nuggets beat Celtics 115-107". ESPN.com. November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  30. ^ Jamal Murray is a star on the rise
  31. ^ Orangeville Prep's Jamal Murray invited to Canada Pan Am team tryouts
  32. ^ "Sixers' Joel Embiid, Nuggets' Jamal Murray named Rookies of the Month". NBA.com. December 1, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2017.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
  • Kentucky Wildcats bio
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