1. His offense is still developing
With his defense and three-point shooting alone, Murray’s floor is to be one of the top 3-and-D forwards in the league. He is showing us that he can do so much more than just that, however.
Last season, 97.6 percent of his three-pointers and 70.9 percent of his two-point field goals were assisted. We rarely ever saw him put the ball on the floor and make a move.
For a rookie who was playing with two All-Stars and an NBA champion that is not unusual. No one in that position would feel like it is their right to just grab the ball and go crazy with it. You wait for the bigger names on the team to get you the ball and give you the green light to shoot.
Now, Murray has a more established position on the team and moved past Harrison Barnes and Kevin Huerter in the offensive hierarchy. His field goal attempts have gone up from 9.8 to 13.1 per game, marking a notable increase in his two-point attempts.
The biggest change has been that he is putting the ball on the floor and being aggressive. Murray is now looking to attack the rim and get some highlight dunks. Despite his three-point percentage being down, his scoring average has increased by four points compared to last season.
Over the last five games, he scored 87 points despite making only 9 of his 30 three-point attempts. His offense is clearly evolving and he is not overly reliant on his outside shot anymore.
If this trend continues, and it almost certainly will, Murray has the chance to become a true three-level scorer and outstanding defender. That is star material.