For players on the verge of superstardom, there is no better time or place to officially announce their arrival than the playoffs. Jamal Murray is doing just that this year and carried it over to the grand stage the NBA Finals provides. He was instrumental in leading the Denver Nuggets to a decisive 104-93 victory versus the Miami Heat Thursday.
“Blue Arrow’s one of the best guards in the league and one of the best scorers in the league,” Gordon said postgame, per Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. “When he’s locked in and he’s engaged, he’s up there with the best players in the world.”
"Blue Arrow is one of the best guards in the league. One of the best scorers in the league. He has a way and discipline about him that when he's locked in, he's up there with the best players in the world."
Aaron Gordon on Jamal Murray 💯
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) June 2, 2023
These days, that could hardly be considered a bold statement. While Nikola Jokic deservedly earns much of the spotlight, the 26-year-old point guard has repeatedly displayed his offensive mastery this postseason, particularly in the fourth quarter. The Los Angeles Lakers were powerless to stop Murray's historic conference finals showing. He picked up right where he left off and lit up the Heat for 26 points on 11-of-22 shooting to go with 10 assists and six rebounds.
This is what fans were witnessing during the bubble 2020 NBA Playoffs. Now, after a lengthy recovery from a torn ACL, they are seeing all of that promise come to fruition once more. It is no coincidence that his rise coincides with the Nuggets reaching their first NBA Finals in franchise history. Aaron Gordon may be bias, but he is right.
Jamal Murray is no sidekick. He is a legitimate superstar.