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2016 Houston Rockets Draft Prospect Series: Jamal Murray, Kentucky

By Tamberlyn Richardson
Mar 17, 2016; Des Moines, IA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) dribbles against the Stony Brook Seawolves in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 17, 2016; Des Moines, IA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) dribbles against the Stony Brook Seawolves in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
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The Houston Rockets enter the upcoming 2016 NBA Draft without a top draft pick by virtue of making the post season. Unfettered the Rockets still hope to nab a star prospect with the potential to effect immediate results.  Over the next month SCS will look at the draft prospects   with a view to team fit and what moves would need to occur to get that pick. Is Jamal Murray a prospect worth trading for?

Draft Prospect:

Specifics:

  • Height: 6’5″
  • Weight: 207
  • Country: Canada – Kitchener, Ontario
  • Position: Shooting Guard/ Point Guard
  • Age: 19
  • Reach: 8’3″
  • Wingspan: 6″7
  • College or Pro League: Kentucky, Freshman
  • Stat line: 36 Games, 20.0 Points Per Game, 5.2 Rebounds Per Game, 2.2 Assists Per Game

Current Rank:

ESPN Chad Ford: 3rd

 

Draft Express: 6th

NBA Scott Howard Cooper: 6th

Bleacher Report: 6th

The Skills:

Jamal Murray brought quick attention to his game prior to ever stepping on a college court when he took over in the Pan Am Games leading Canada to a victory over the United States.

At the time he was only 18 years old. His ranking varies between a high of third and a low of sixth. Though he’s more of a natural shooting guard he does have the ability to play the point. His instincts are sharp and make up for deficiencies in ball handling and natural athleticism.

Murray’s performance at the Nike Hoop Summit initially shot him into the spotlight when he scored 30 points a feat only Kevin Durant and Nicolas Batum had previously accomplished.

Ford lists his assets as the ability to penetrate, high basketball I.Q. and court vision. As he demonstrated at the Pan Am Games and Nike Summit he can deliver in pressure situations and it makes him a highly sought after prospect.

With all the talent on Minnesota he might be a great pick for the T-Wolves. Couple that with word Andrew Wiggins wants him on the team and the writing may be on the wall. For Canadian Basketball that would pay huge dividends by having two talents getting constant run together.

Honors and Awards:

As per Wikipedia:

The Fit:

Though Murray can run the point, he truly is better suited to play his natural shooting guard position. That said, Murray offers the type of skills and ready made NBA game to warrant Morey showing interest.

Final Thoughts

Unless Morey wants to turn Murray into a full time point guard the likelihood is he would pass on trading talent for him. Further, it’s unlikely Houston have anyone on the roster Thibodeau would want in exchange for this prospect who has an extremely high ceiling.

Be sure to check out our continuing Draft Prospect Series and our Year End Player Reviews!

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