3 Sacramento Kings that earned untouchable status, 1 that should be cut loose

De'Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Sacramento Kings forward Keegan Murray.
Sacramento Kings forward Keegan Murray. Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Keegan Murray

As a rookie, Keegan Murray played beyond normal expectations. While being the fourth overall pick does come with some pressure, it’s rare for any rookie to contribute real minutes, especially in the playoffs. Murray found multiple ways to be productive and if this is his floor, he is a definite keeper for this Kings team going forward.

Murray showed out as a shooter this year, he averaged 41.1 percent from three as a rookie and holds the record for most three-pointers made in a rookie season with 206. That goes beyond just his stroke. He has a knack for relocating and finding open space, even on the margins, so his teammates can find him for quick spot-up shots. It really speaks to his basketball IQ.

Looking forward, there is only more to build on with Murray from here. He wants to be in Sacramento and recognizes the potential and opportunities it provides.

“Sacramento is probably one of the best starting points I could have had,” Murray said during his final media session of the season, The Athletic’s Hunter Patterson reported. “I’m incredibly blessed to be picked by them at No. 4 in last year’s draft. I feel like I’ve been put in the best situation possible.”

Fans should expect to see more growth from Murray this next season as he plans to develop and work on his game this summer.