Coach Mike Malone reaffirmed at Monday's media day that Murray is the Nuggets' permanent starting point guard, T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports reports. Murray's standing within the organization was never in doubt, but Malone felt the need to clarify the third-year guard's role in the wake of the Nuggets adding veteran Isaiah Thomas as a free agent this summer. While Thomas is the more accomplished player -- he was an All-NBA selection two seasons ago -- the 21-year-old Murray, who reportedly added 15 pounds to his frame this summer, is a cornerstone of Denver's future, and his playing time likely won't be significantly impacted by the arrival of Thomas, who is expected to be the first guard off the bench. Thomas is coming off of a disastrous 2017-18 campaign, which he split between the Cavaliers and Lakers while battling the residual effects of a serious hip injury.
Murray posted 20 points (8-18 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-4 FT), six rebounds, six assists and one steal across 43 minutes during Wednesday's 112-106 loss to the Nuggets. Murray struggled a bit from behind the arc, but he still exceeded his season average in scoring while making meaningful contributions on the board and as a passer. Though the second-year guard was unable to help his team into the postseason, he finishes the campaign with 16.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc. The franchise could undergo some change in the offseason, meaning Murray may experience additional usage in the 2018/19 campaign.
Murray scored 19 points (8-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding seven assists and three rebounds across 40 minutes during Saturday's 134-115 win over the Clippers. Murray spearheaded an excellent offensive showing for his club, knocking down 80 percent of his attempts as he exceeded his season scoring average on just 10 shots from the field. He was atypically shut out from beyond the arc, but his seven dimes helped offset that from a fantasy perspective. Murray's enjoyed a terrific sophomore campaign and will look to help his team toward the postseason Monday against the Blazers.
Murray generated 22 points (8-16 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one block across 36 minutes in Thursday's 100-96 win over the Timberwolves. Murray's scoring total led the Nuggets on the night and served as his second 20-point effort over the first three games of April. The second-year guard's assists were unusually low Thursday, but he' been turning generally solid work as a facilitator as well on many nights. The 21-year-old undoubtedly will remain a pivotal part of the Nuggets' last-gasp playoff push over the last three games of the regular season, and he's likely to continue seeing minutes in the mid-30s at a minimum, as has been the case in the last seven contests.
Murray had 10 points (4-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, three steals and one block in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 107-104 victory over the Pacers. Murray struggled from the field but was able to add some peripheral stats to his tally. He continues to play a major role on the offensive end for the Nuggets and with Gary Harris (knee) set to miss some more time, he is going to see plenty of opportunities to get his shot going over the remaining four games of the season. Deploy him as usual.
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