The 2016 NBA Draft class has faced a lot of criticism, and has been much maligned. Despite that, the top 2 prospects have been highly rated and pretty clear: Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram. However, there are some other very good players looking to enter the NBA. Possibly chief amongst the group of the “other guys” is Jamal Murray. The 19 year old Canadian guard, possesses a unique set of skills that should help him find success in the NBA. He has a silky smooth shooting stroke, with extended range, and is a very crafty playmaker and offensive player, with the ball in his hands. He proved this during his Freshman year at Kentucky, where he averaged 20.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 2.2 apg. Pair this with over 40% 3 point shooting, and you have an intriguing prospect. The knocks on his potential future in the NBA, is the fact that he is a bit of a “tweener.” Standing at about 6 foot 4 inches, and not being a great passer and ball handler, is certainly a blow to Murray. He does not have good true “Point Guard” skills, and is undersized to play the 2. He would also appear to struggle covering both PGs and SGs on defense. Regardless of all this information, Murray has a certain ability to score that is very valuable at the next level. Personally, I see him as someone that could project to be a dynamite, “Sixth-man”, or a decent NBA starting SG. In a draft class that has received so much hate, I believe Murray has true value at the next level.
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