Former Kentucky shooting guard Jamal Murray started slow, but the pure scorer finished the season as one of the best rookies in the NBA.
It took Murray five games to knock down a shot, but he finished his first year in the NBA averaging 9.9 points, 2.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game in 21.5 minutes per game to finish third in scoring among all rookies. During NBA All-Star weekend, Murray won MVP honors at the Rising Stars Challenge with 36 points on 9 three-pointers and 11 assists.
In the games that count, he ended the year with one of his best performances, scoring 27 points against the Thunder. His 115 made three-pointers were the second-most by a rookie. He scored more than 20 points eight times, the third-most among all rookies. His best games of the season:
- April 7 vs. NOLA: 30 points (career-high), 10-14 FG, 5 assists and 4 rebounds
- March 13 vs. LAL: 22 points, 8-13 FG, 5-8 3FG
- December 5 vs. PHI: 22 points, 8-12 FG, 3-7 3FG
- November 23 vs. Utah: 23 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
- November 22 vs. CHI: 24 points, 9-13 FG, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
Murray was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month in October and November. What makes his first season in the NBA even more incredible is that he played all 82 games with a sports hernia. He underwent surgery on Thursday to repair the injury.
While he uses the offseason to get healthy, enjoy highlights from his first season in the league.
If 15 minutes of highlights is too much for you, this 50-second clip will do the trick.
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