Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray is a rising star in the NBA and if you watched him play in the postseason it was obvious that he’s not going anywhere on the NBA stage and the Nuggets made the right move as they have locked him up to a five-year, $169.65 million extension.
Murray is only going to make $4.4 million this season after the Nuggets picked up his player option for the last year of his rookie deal and after this season he was probably going to hit restricted free agency, but the Nuggets have made the right move by not making him wait until then and locking him up to a monster deal that will kick in beginning in 2020-21.
Murray came into the league as an interesting prospect out of Kentucky because people weren’t sure which guard position he would play and in his rookie season he played shooting guard and even though he did make the All-Rookie team, he didn’t have the most efficient season, which prompted a move to the point guard position going into his second season.
After making the move to point guard, Murray has taken off. He jumped to 16.7 points per game in his second season and 18.2 points per game this past season, but his efficiency numbers are even more telling on how much he has improved.
His first season he has a PER of 11.9 and over the past two seasons it has been 16.1 with a true shooting percentage of 55.6%, his assist rate has jumped from 14% to 19.3% and while he is not a great defender by any means he has improved his defensive numbers each year that he’s been in the league.
Denver was one game away from going to the conference finals last season and they will be bringing back pretty much that same team and going forward they have both Murray and Jokic locked up long-term, so that pick and roll duo isn’t going anywhere.
For Denver this was the right move to make. They don’t have a ton of money committed long-term as Paul Millsap is set to make $30 million this season but he is in the last year of his deal so going forward the only serious money is put into Jokic, Murray and Gary Harris.
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