2016 NBA Mock Draft: Updated Upside Comparisons

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Jan 14, 2016; Tucson, AZ, USA; Washington Huskies guard Dejounte Murray (5) is defended by Arizona Wildcats guard Justin Simon (3) during the first half at McKale Center. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

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Dejounte Murray

Guard, Washington Huskies

Ultimate Upside Comparison: Ron Harper
Safe Upside Comparison: Tyreke Evans
Age: 19 (9/19/1996)
Height, Weight, Wingspan: 6’5”, 170 pounds, 6’9.5”
Slash Line: .416/.288/.663
Season Averages: 33.5 MPG, 16.1 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 4.4 APG, 1.8 SPG, 1.0 3PM

Key Strengths

  • Elite size and length for a point guard.
  • Positional versatility.
  • Defensive potential.
  • Upside as a scorer. Instinctive in the way he gets to the rim.
  • Signs of becoming a quality facilitator.

Key Weaknesses

  • Poor 3-point shooter off the bounce.
  • Erratic free throw shooter.
  • Still developing a proper understanding of the game. Gets by on his athleticism.
  • Inconsistent on both ends.

Analysis

Team president Larry Bird has publicly stated a desire to turn the Indiana Pacers into an offensive powerhouse. The first step in that process was promoting Nate McMillan to head coach, and the next is to surround Paul George and Myles Turner with a cast of playmakers.

Dejounte Murray has the most upside of any playmaker on the board, which creates inevitable appeal.

Murray is a 6’5” combo guard with a 6’10” wingspan and an unmeasurable amount of natural ability. He got by on his size and athleticism as a freshman, but has flashed the potential to be a primary facilitator, lethal dribble-penetrator, quality defender, and catch-and-shoot asset.

Murray is always looking to make the big play, and while that may create high turnover totals, it’s also the key to running a high-octane offense.

Murray’s ultimate upside comparison is another tall playmaker who could create for himself and others: Ron Harper. Harper was a force in the 1990s due to his size, scoring ability, and playmaking on both ends of the floor, and Murray could be the same in this era.

A more modern comparison: Tyreke Evans with better catch-and-shoot form.

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