Luke Winn of SI.com did his weekly power rankings and within them he breaks down something about each team. This week the Cats checked in at No. 15 and he took a look at Jamal Murray’s success at shooting off the catch compared to off the dribble. Winn had the following:
Murray has been a less effective scorer in pick-and-rolls (just 0.71 PPP, according to Synergy) and isolation (0.81 PPP) than I expected, but he’s been the best catch-and-shoot option (at 1.29 PPP) in the Wildcats’ backcourt. All five of Murray’s makes against Mississippi State were off the catch
He then takes a look at a specific play where Murray starts on the left wing. He gets the ball from Ulis, before quickly passing it back to Tyler. He runs off the first screen by Willis immediately after passing the ball. On the opposite low block, Poythress is waiting to set a second screen, freeing Murray up on the opposite wing for an open three. He made the shot.
So, this leaves some room for debate. All season we’ve talked about the dribble-drive offense and how it could be perfect for this team. Well, so far it hasn’t looked ideal or what we thought. But, these numbers and our eyes say Murray is the best shooter Kentucky has on the team. So, should Kentucky run more set plays to get Murray or someone else open?