Jamal Murray joining a young Denver Nuggets backcourt

06/23/2016 08:28 PM

Jamal Murray is the first Wildcat taken off the board as the Denver Nuggets have just selected him with the seventh pick. Murray will join a young backcourt with Emmanuel Mudiay running the point (12.8 PPG, 5.5 APG last season) and Gary Harris at the shooting guard spot (12.3 PPG, 1.9 APG last season). The Nuggets finished 11th in the Western Conference last year with a 33-49 record.

Denver will immediately look for Murray to help them from the three-point line. Murray made 113 threes last year, the second most by a freshman ever—only behind Steph Curry. The Nuggets ranked 25th in the NBA in three-point shooting percentage last season at 33%.

ESPN Insider Chad Ford likes the pick, saying, “Murray is a great fit for the Nuggets. He’s the perfect backcourt mate for Emmanuel Mudiay, whose game is all about power, athleticism and passing. Murray’s play is all about shooting and finesse. Each of them can play both the 1 and the 2. In a league of positionless players, they should work together perfectly. This was a steal for the Nuggets. Murray was at No. 4 on my Big Board.”

Jamal Murray averaged 20.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 last season for UK. He is the first UK player to ever be selected by Denver.

Thomas Beisner

TJ is an Anchor for Spectrum News. You can catch his work on KSTV, the only nightly show in the state focusing on UK Sports. When it comes to UK Basketball, TJ covers recruiting, the NCAA tournament and everything in between. During March TJ probably sees the players more than he sees his family but he’s able to provide Spectrum News viewers the unique insight that only a lifelong fan can give. He’s also taken on several special programs including “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” KSTV airs weeknights at 7:30 and 11pm on Spectrum News or watch it anytime with Spectrum On Demand. You can also catch podcasts of the show as well as bonus podcasts, just find KSTV on Itunes. For the latest on everything going on with UK Athletics, recruiting or if you just need some hilarious parenting anecdotes follow TJ on Twitter @tjbeisner.

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