Jamal Murray

Team Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets
Position Shooting Guard
Height / weight 1.91 m / 98 kg
Born Feb 23, 1997
Nationality Canada Canada
Team History
Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 2016 - present

Jamal Murray is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays in the National Basketball Association. He was drafted into the NBA by the Denver Nuggets and as of 2022, he is still part of their line-up. In his rookie year, he was named to the 2017 NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

Player Profile

Jamal Murray was born on February 23, 1997, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He stands 191 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 98 kg. A right-handed player, he plays both point guard and shooting guard.

His parents are Roger and Sylvia. Growing up, his father was one of his biggest supporters and helped train Murray. His mother is Syrian and his father is Jamaican.

Career

The talented basketball player started playing ball at the tender age of 3. By 6 years old, he was ready to participate in a league that was attended by 10-year-old boys. When he turned 12, he started competing in games that were participated by high school and college players. His interest in basketball was enhanced by his father’s support who put him through many basketball drills as well as exercises that helped him focus, such as meditation and Kung Fu.

During his high school career, Murray initially enrolled at the Grand River Collegiate Institute before transferring to Orangeville Prep where his father was an assistant coach. His involvement in Orangeville Prep allowed the school’s basketball team to improve its standing. It also earned him three most valuable player awards, including the Jordan Brand Classic International Game in 2013, the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit, and the 2015 BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game.

Murray was part of the 2016 NBA draft where he was the seventh overall pick. This was right after he finished his freshman year at Kentucky, wherein he made the SEC All-Freshman Team, All-SEC First Team, and the Midseason Top 25 for the John R. Wooden Award. It was on August 9, 2016, when he signed with the Denver Nuggets, and on November 13, 2016, when he made his professional debut. By December 1, 2016, he was recognized as the Rookie of the Month in the Western Conference and the NBA All-Rookie Second Team at the end of the season.

In February 2019, he experienced his career-high by accumulating 50 points without free throws during the match between the Nuggets and Cavaliers. During the 2019-2020 season, he became a free agent and signed an extension deal with the Nuggets.

He missed a few games in January following because of a sprain. He later recovered and was back to form. In February 2021, in a game with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he scored a career-high of 50 points. On April 12, 2021, he suffered a torn ACL on his left knee. He underwent surgery a few days later. He is on indefinite leave as of April 2022.

Career Highlights:

  • 2017 - NBA All-Rookie Second Team
  • 2016 - Third-team All-American – AP
  • 2016 - First-team All-SEC
  • 2016 - SEC All-Freshman Team
  • 2015 - BioSteel All-Canadian MVP

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