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Does This Jamal Murray Shooting Stat Change the Offense?

If Jamal Murray is in the zone, this shot is OK in the waning minutes. This shot was NOT OK on Saturday. (UK Athletics)

If Jamal Murray is in the zone, this shot is OK in the waning minutes. This shot was NOT OK on Saturday. (UK Athletics)

If Jamal Murray is in the zone, this shot is OK in the waning minutes. This shot was NOT OK on Saturday. (UK Athletics)

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?

 

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

2 Comments for Does This Jamal Murray Shooting Stat Change the Offense?



  1. neverendingscott
    6:49 pm January 14, 2016 Permalink

    Hard for the pick and roll to be effective when the bigs aren’t offensive threats outside of a once in a blue moon game from Poythress.



  2. Craig
    11:13 am January 15, 2016 Permalink

    There were moments in our last game when our zone offense looked absolutely beautiful. Crisp, constant ball movement, penetration into the lane, baseline cuts, and good kick out shots. That’s a positive sign for us, if we can continue to improve on that and get good at defeating a 2-3 zone.