Jamal Murray is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats before being drafted by the Nuggets with the seventh overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.
Murray was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, the son of Sylvia and Roger Murray, who was born in Jamaica and moved to Canada at age nine. Moreover, he also has a younger brother, Lamar. His father grew up running track and field and playing basketball; as a youth, his father played against Kitchener native Lennox Lewis before Lewis began his professional boxing career.
When Murray was three years old, he could play basketball “for hours” and played in a league for ten-year-olds when he was six. Further, by the age of 12 or 13, he began playing pick-up games against top high school and college players. His father put him through many basketball drills and kung fu exercises, including meditation.
High school career
Murray attended Grand River Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, later transferring to Orangeville Prep in Orangeville, Ontario, where his father served as an assistant coach. Further, he and fellow prospect Thon Maker formed a duo that helped Orangeville Prep defeat many American schools. Murray played AAU basketball for the CIA Bounce.
On June 24, 2015, Murray committed to Kentucky to play for coach John Calipari. Similarly, he appeared in 36 games and averaged 20.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 40.8% from three-point range. Likewise, Murray also made the All-SEC First Team and the SEC All-Freshman Team. Murray’s 20.0 points per game are the most by any freshman in Kentucky’s program history and the most for any player in John Calipari’s tenure as head coach. In April 2016, Murray declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.
Professional career at Denver Nuggets (since 2016–present)
On June 23, 2016, Murray was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the seventh overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. Similarly, on August 9, 2016, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Nuggets. On November 13, 2016, he scored a career-high 19 points in a 112–105 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Likewise, he topped that mark on November 22, scoring 24 points in a 110–107 win over the Chicago Bulls. And a game-high 11 assists in Team World’s 150–139 victory over Team USA. Moreover, on April 7, 2017, he scored a career-high 30 points in a 122–106 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
National team career
Murray represented Canada at the 2013 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship in Uruguay. And averaged 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game in leading the team to a bronze medal. Moreover, he played for the Canadian national team at the 2015 Pan American Games, helping the team win a silver medal. His final averages for the tournament were 16.0 points, 3.2 rebounds. And 2.4 assists per game, while shooting 45.9% from the field.
- Full Name: Jamal Murray
- Date of Birth: February 23, 1997
- Age: 23 years
- Birth Place: Kitchener, Canada
- Nationality: Canadian
- Listed height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
- Listed weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
- NBA draft: 2016 (Round: 1 / Pick: 7)
- Position: Point guard / Shooting guard
- League: NBA
- Salary: 3.211 million USD (since 2016)
- Education: University of Kentucky, Grand River Collegiate Institute
- Parents: Sylvia Murray, Roger Murray
- Playing career: since 2016–present
- Net Worth: $5 Million
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