|Full Name:||Jamal Murray|
|Place of Birth:||Kitchener, Ontario|
|Parents:||Sylvia and Roger Murray|
Jamal Murray is a pro basketball player from Canada who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets. He was born on February 23, 1997, in Kitchener, Ontario. Murray comes from an athletic family with his father, Roger Murray, being a track & field athlete and basketball player who helped Jamal develop his skills from a young age. Murray is one of the best young players to come out of Canada in recent years and played one year of college basketball for John Calipari at Kentucky, where he averaged more points than any freshman in program history.
After one year of college, Murray was the 7th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He was drafted by the Denver Nuggets and has spent his entire career in the Mile High City. In less than two seasons, Murray blossomed into one of the best young point guards in the league. In 2019, Murray signed a five-year extension with the Nuggets, cementing his spot as Denver’s point guard for the long term.
By age six, Jamal Murray was playing in a basketball league for 10-year-olds. By age 13, he was playing in pick-up games against high school and college players. Along the way, his father put him through both basketball and kung fu exercises to help improve as a player.
Murray began his high school career at Grand River Collegiate Institute in his hometown of Kitchener, Ontario. He later transferred to Orangeville Prep in nearby Orangeville, Ontario, where his father was serving as an assistant coach. At Orangeville Prep, Murray was teammates with Thon Maker of the Detroit Pistons. The two made Orangeville Prep a local power that frequently defeated teams from American high schools and prep schools.
At the University of Kentucky, Murray was an immediate starter as a freshman. However, Murray spent limited time at point guard and played primarily off the ball to accommodate the presence of Tyler Ulis and Isaiah Briscoe. He averaged 20 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game for the Wildcats. His 20 points per game were the most by any Kentucky player under John Calipari and the most by a freshman in Kentucky history.
At the midway point of the season, he was named to the watch list for both the Naismith Award and John R. Wooden Award. As the team’s leading scorer, Murray guided Kentucky to a share of the SEC regular-season title and the SEC Tournament title. However, the Wildcats were eliminated by Indiana in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament. After the season, Murray was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team and First-Team All-SEC in addition to being a Third-Team All-American.
The Denver Nuggets selected Murray with the 7th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He was quick out of the gate, earning Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors for October and November. Despite starting just 10 of 82 games, Murray averaged 9.9 points per game, earning him All-Rookie Second Team honors.
Murray became a full-time starter for the Nuggets in his second pro season and continued his quick ascent as one of Denver’s most important players. During the 2017-18 season, Murray averaged 16.7 points and 3.4 assists per game, helping the Nuggets finish the season with a winning record. The following year, Murray averaged 18.2 points and 4.8 assists per game, finishing second on the team in both categories while helping Denver win the Northwest Division and snap a five-season playoff drought.
During the summer of 2019, Murray signed a five-year, $170 million max contract to stay with the Nuggets. Despite missing 10 games due to a sprained ankle, there was no drop-off in Murray’s performance after signing a long-term deal. In his 55 games, before the NBA season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Murray averaged 18.8 points and 4.8 assists per game.
Like most rookies, Jamal Murray was a little slow to build his net worth with his rookie contract being worth an average of $3.6 million per year. However, that is changing after signing a max contract in the summer of 2019. Murray is set to make $29 million during the 2020-21 season and over $30 million per season for the rest of his contract starting with the 2021-22 season. As a rookie, Murray signed a lucrative endorsement deal with Adidas.
Jamal Murray signed a four-year, $14.5 million deal with the Denver Nuggets in 2016.
Jamal Murray signed a five-year, $170 million deal with the Denver Nuggets in 2019.
Jamal Murray is the oldest son of Sylvia and Roger Murray. Roger is originally from Jamaica but moved to Canada when he was nine years old. Jamal also has a younger brother named Lamar.
Murray’s girlfriend is Harper Hempel, who played volleyball at Kentucky. The two met when Hempel was a sophomore and Murray was a freshman. After Murray left for the NBA after one season, Hempel remained at Kentucky to finish her degree. The couple has tried to remain out of the public eye. Unfortunately, in March of 2020, while the NBA season was suspended, a sex tape of Murray and Hempel was reportedly leaked online after Hempel’s Instagram account was hacked.