Vice Sports took the time to break down Jamal Murray’s game to see how it will eventually transition into the NBA. Their analysis of what he needs to work on is spot; he’s not very creative when he isn’t hitting 3’s, he struggles defensively, and he doesn’t have explosive speed.
The lack of point guard production is an issue borne mostly out of a lack of opportunity, but concerns have manifested when he’s played on the ball. Murray has struggled to create easy looks for teammates because he doesn’t quite have the north-south burst to collapse defences. Instead, Murray creates degree-of-difficulty shots for himself in the absence of space. It’s a testament to his immense skill level that he’s already established himself as a bit of “a bad shot maker,” to steal a phrase Kyle Lowry recently used to describe DeMar DeRozan.
However, the jury is still out on Murray. As his timing improves, fewer turnovers and better ball-handling should come with it. I just hope they watched more than the LSU game — the only game there are GIFs from — because nobody looked good for UK on that dreadful Tuesday night.