Floor: Secondary starter
Bullseye: Core starter
Ceiling: Secondary franchise cornerstone, top 4 player on championship contending team
Pass - Grade: 80
Notes: Murray is a very solid, but low volume passer. Murray had an outrageous usage for a player who doesn't initiate offense at 29.7%. Murray averaged just 1.5 APG and a 10.1 AST% despite having this huge usage rate, but sported an elite turnover rate of only 5.7% on just 1.1 TOs per game. Murray doesn't have tunnel vision, can hit cutters situationally, plays within himself as a passer, and passes well within the flow of an offense. Murray makes the safe and simple reads at an incredibly high rate, which is so impressive when his usage rate is taken into account. Murray had a very PnR possession this season which were enough to suggest this isn't a role suited for him. Murray isn't a player who will manipulate defenses, but will be someone who can slot right into a wing role in any NBA offense and pass well within any system.
Dribble - Grade: 80
Notes: Murray has a very simple yet effective handle. Murray takes care of the ball at an extremely high level, but isn't creating anything off the dribble. Murray uses his size, length, and footwork to create space - he simply uses his handle to get from point A to point B. Murray is a good functional ball-handler, and can handle the ball in open space under control. Murray likes to get into Barkleys on his perimeter attacks, and can attack closeouts despite not having the best first step due to his shooting gravity. Murray will likely have to dribble more in the NBA than he did in college, so he should prioritize adding some perimeter go to moves. Murray doesn't have any shake or shiftiness, and won't get into size ups or break down - he solely relies on his size and functional handle to go to his spots, which may be more difficult to do in the NBA.
3pt shooting - Grade: 87
Notes: Murray shot 39.8% on 4.7 attempts per game this season, with most of his looks coming from above the break and the top of the key. Murray has really solid mechanics and great touch on his 3 pointer. Murray is good at shooting with a hand in his face as long he is squared up to the hoop, and Murray is good at speeding up his release to beat closeouts and still shooting at a high clip. Murray gets almost all of his 3 point looks in C&S scenarios - popping, trailing, spacing. Murray is not a good movement 3 point shooter. Murray needs to work on his movement shooting in order to become a true high volume 3 point shooter in the NBA. Murray needs to improve his corner 3 volume and percentage - Murray went just 4/12 and 4/13 from the corners this season. Murray will likely be stationed in the corner much more in the NBA, and will need to become knockdown from there. Murray's 3 point shooting projects to be a big part of his scoring profile in the NBA, and all signs point to him being a great standstill C&S three point shooter and spacer.
Mid-range shooting - Grade: 75
Notes: Murray is often labeled as 3 level scorer, but the mid-range is a small part of his scoring profile. Murray shot mid-range shots on a low volume and percentage - 18/55 (32.7%). Murray's only consistent mid-range look was his post-fade from the corners, which he shot much better than his other mid-range looks. This shot is likely the only mid-range shot that Murray will bring with him to the NBA at the start of his career.
Finishing - Grade: 90
Notes: Murray shot an awesome 66.3% at the rim this season on a truly preposterous volume - 220/332. Murray got a small portion of his attempts by attacking downhill from the perimeter, something will need to change in the NBA. Murray got the majority of his looks by posting up smaller player, and angling himself for position for entry passes when he's fronted in the post. Murray played a lot of small ball 5, allowing him to post up very often. Murray was an absolute beast in the post - great footwork, touch, and variety. Murray can go above, through, or around the defense using his combination of touch, strength, and footwork. Murray will undoubtedly be able to punish smaller wings in the post, and could command a few empty corner designed post-ups per game if his team is willing to draw up such sets for a likely role player. Murray has a solid deceleration ability and good touch on his downhill finishes, his volume and efficiency just aren't there on these looks and this is something will very likely change in the NBA. The adjustment shouldn't be a difficult one for Murray, as he wasn't a bad downhill finisher - just not elite on high volume like he was with his post ups. Murray doesn't have much downhill burst or explosiveness, which could be in hurdle as he improves at attacking closeouts. Murray finishing at the rim won't be a huge adjustment, but getting there may be. Murray should continue to Barkley from perimeter attacks in the NBA, this is a great to space the perimeter and still get post up opportunities. Barkleying isn't too common in the NBA due to most players having poor post-up efficiencies, but Murray is anomaly in this regard and could bring this unique facet of his game to the NBA. Murray also is great at just lowering his shoulder and using his brute force to get to his spot, all while still being under control - this is the likely path to his most common form of finishing early on his career. Murray's poise, footwork, touch, and ability to finish through contract will allow for Murray to be a good NBA finisher despite potential downhill attacking struggles early on in his career.
Off-ball playmaking - Grade: 88
Notes: Murray is a really solid off-ball player. Murray is a good cutter, spacer, screen, and positions himself for scoring opportunities very well off the ball. Murray should improve his tendency/ability to relocate for threes.
Offensive rebounding - Grade: 89
Notes: Murray averaged a huge 2.9 OREB per game with a 9.8 OREB%. These are incredible numbers for a wing, but Murray played a lot of small ball 5 and spent a lot of time in the post which is why he was in position to crash so often. Murray's offensive rebounding ability is still very good - Murray is great at using his hips to gain position and is very physical in his boxouts.
Offensive Summary: 88
Murray is a very well-rounded offensive player, with very few weaknesses. Murray lacks traditional off the dribble shot creation, movement shooting, and athleticism to project him to be a star offensive player. Murray projects to be a very efficient offensive player, who is going to excel in a complimentary role. It will be an adjustment for Murray to go back to having a small usage rate, and to be stationed on the perimeter far more often than the post. Murray is will do well in an NBA setting despite having a more traditional skillset, due to his game's overall fluidity and versatility. Murray can be deployed on offense in a number of ways, and be efficient regardless of his role. Murray doesn't need anything designed for him in order for him to be an effective offensive player, but can also produce at a high level in a situation where is asked to have an increased role. Murray will be a complimentary player in a starting lineup, but can have some offense and post isolations ran for him when he plays with second units. Murray will dominate mismatches due to him actually being a great post presence, not just being a shooter with size. Murray played so much like a stretch five at Iowa, and will likely play exclusively on the perimeter in the NBA which may result in Murray having an adjustment period. Murray's solid instincts and ability to take care of the ball along with his knockdown C&S three point ability will allow for Murray to be a plus offensive player immediately even as adjusts to the NBA and begins to carve out a consistent role for himself. Murray projects to be a great complimentary wing on offense, with an extremely high floor but very low ceiling which is why he is a tier below the blue chip prospects.
Engagement - Grade: 89
Notes: Murray is a consistently engaged defender. Has a plus motor and has a great, locked-in approach on the defensive end.
Containment - Grade: 85
Notes: Murray has great lateral mobility for his size and he can stay with quicker guards and wings. Murray is able to stay with them and contest shots, but isn't much of a deterrent yet. Murray's nimble feet and ability to stay with guards is the key factor in his projection as POA defender, he can definitely defend in space. Murray needs to improve his ability to beat defenders to the spot, and absorb drives with his strong center of gravity to take the next step as a perimeter defender. Right now, Murray is still plenty good enough as POA defender to play in a switchable scheme. Murray is also a very solid recovery defender, which is always extremely valuable to any perimeter defender and any team's defense.
Team Defense - Grade: 88
Notes: Murray is a great off-ball defender because of his IQ. Murray is very rarely late on rotations, and is great at covering a lot of ground off the ball. Murray is an intense defender that is incredibly consistent into his game to game awareness and production. Murray is undeniably a plus off the ball, and has shown he is capable of doing wide variety of ball tasks such as being a chaser. Murray is going to a plus defender off the ball due to his IQ and consistent awareness and activity, along with solid physical tools.
Rim Protection - Grade: 89
Notes: Murray averaged a phenomenal 1.9 blocks per game this season, with a 6.4% block rate. Murray has great timing on contests, is often early on his rotations, stays vertical, and does a good job of using his arms to contest shots without fouling. Murray has a knack for getting a hand on the ball. Murray uses his 7'6 wingspan and great coordination to time his contests, something that will surely translate in the NBA. His lateral mobility and length with allow his rim protection to translate nicely.
Playmaking - Grade: 94
Notes: Murray is a stocks machine, averaging 3.1 stocks per game. Murray uses his length, IQ, positioning, hands, and timing to rack up stocks.
Versatility - Grade: 85
Notes: Murray isn't good enough as the PnR low man to be a reliable small 5, but he certainly has the potential to get there. Murray will be able to switch 3-5 right away, with potential to switch 1-5. Murray can guard either wing position, and can excel in any defensive scheme.
Defensive Rebounding - Grade: 84
Notes: Murray is a physical and reliable defensive rebounder, who has solid motor and timing on his crashes. Murray's rebounding ability will translate to the NBA nicely.
Defensive Summary: 85
Notes: Murray will be a very solid NBA defender. Murray will likely never be a guy that you will want to put on the other team's best offensive player, but he will be guy you are more than happy to have on your defense. Murray's consistent approach on defense, IQ, and instincts are all big pluses. Murray is always going to be aggressive and effective in his shot contests at the rim, utilizing his 7'6 wingspan. Murray will be able to stick and switch onto guard situationally due to his solid lateral mobility and good recovery ability. Murray is a very solid off-ball defender who is always on time in his rotations and has great overall awareness. Murray will contribute on defense right away, and does ton of positive little things. Murray isn't athletic or physical enough to become a star defensive player, but he will be plus defensive player for his whole career and that's very valuable. Murray has no major weaknesses on defense and isn't exploitable, and that is very valuable as well. Murray's IQ and versatility will make him a very valuable playoff defender.
Functional Athleticism: 75
Good lateral mobility
Below average open court speed
Below average vertical
Below average burst
Below average explosiveness