Kris Murray is a big prospect for the Sacramento Kings (partially due to him being breakout star Keegan Murray’s twin brother) and is projected to go in the first round of this year’s NBA draft. He may not fall to the Kings’ 24th pick, but many Sacramento fans are keen on seeing the Murray brothers take on the league next year.
Kris has been called a Keegan Murray 2.0 or a “Left-handed Keegan Murray” very frequently due to the similarity in their play style.
In a recent interview with For The Win, Kris Murray compared the difference between him and Keegan, saying this (via USA Today Sports):
"What is the primary difference between you and your twin brother, Keegan, on the court?“I’ve been more of a playmaker in high school. I’ve always been a little more of a ball handler and comfortable with the ball in my hands making the right reads. That is something I’ve always been comfortable with. That’s kind of really it.”"
Kris has excellent moves in the post, is a good ball handler, plays great defense, and after improving this past year offensively at Iowa, is a great knockdown shooter. He seems to struggle a bit with creating his own shot, but that is something that easily will come with time and good coaching.
Kris also said this about his goals in the NBA:
"“The biggest thing to take us to the top would be winning a title (with Keegan). I think that’s the ultimate goal.”"
This brings us to an important question.
Will we see the twins team up in Sacramento next year?
Many mock drafts have Kris being selected before the 24th pick. The most recent mock draft by CBS Sports has Kris Murray being drafted just before the Kings’ pick at 21 to the Nets.
At this point, it seems unlikely that Kris will be available by the time pick 24 comes, but if he is available, he may be a great option for the Kings. The Kings need a wing and a backup center, and this draft will determine which direction Sacramento takes when it comes to free agency.
While Kris would be a great asset for the Kings and can easily fit into the team, it is looking like we will have to wait a few years before a potential team-up between the brothers. It seems certain that they want to play together one day, so we can only hope that they will be in Sacramento.