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Jamal Murray admits making playoffs last season was big for Nuggets, states it’s all about winning a title now

Jamal Murray, Nuggets

Denver Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray admits making the playoffs last season was big for the confidence of the team since a lot of the players on the roster had never been to the postseason.

With that experience under their belt, Murray says the Nuggets now have championship aspirations for the 2019-20 season.

Jamal Murray signed a five-year, $170 million maximum contract extension with the Nuggets this summer. Last season, he averaged 18.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists while shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 84.8 percent from the free-throw line.

The Nuggets lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round of the playoffs in seven games. For Denver to make a run to the NBA Finals this season, they’ll need Murray to play like an All-Star every night.

Denver has a special young core. Nikola Jokic, Gary Harris, Paul Millsap, Michael Porter Jr. and Murray are all very talented players.

The team will ultimately go as far as Jokic can lead them. The star center put up 20.1 points and 10.8 rebounds last season while shooting 51.1 percent from the floor, 30.7 percent from the 3-point line and 82.1 percent from the charity stripe.

Jokic recorded 56 double-doubles, 12 triple-doubles and was ninth in the NBA in assists per game. He averaged 7.3.