Jamal Murray has become a star for the Denver Nuggets. After having one excellent season in college for the Kentucky Wildcats, Murray has become a leader for the Nuggets and a big reason that Denver has made the playoffs each of the last two seasons. So, since he has had a lot of success in his career so far, how much money has Jamal Murray made?
Jamal Murray has become a star for the Denver Nuggets
In college, Murray was one of the best players in the entire country for the Kentucky Wildcats. He averaged 20 points per game in his lone season at UK to go with 5.2 rebounds. He also shot 40.8% from 3-point range. Murray’s play earned him First-Team All-SEC that year.
Kentucky ultimately didn’t go very far in the NCAA Tournament that season, as the Wildcats lost in the second round to the Indiana Hoosiers, but Murray’s play in college led to the Denver Nuggets selecting him with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.
He then played OK in his first season in Denver, averaging 9.9 points per game and earning Second Team All-Rookie honors. During his second season in 2017-18, though, Murray took a big step production-wise. He averaged 16.7 points per game to go with 3.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists. He also improved his shooting from 40.4% to 45.1%.
Murray has since become an excellent scorer for the Nuggets in the last two seasons. He averaged 18.2 points per game to go with 4.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 2018-19 and 18.5 points per game to go with four rebounds and 4.8 assists in 2019-20.
He has helped the Nuggets become one of the best teams in the NBA
The Nuggets were awful prior to drafting Murray, as they went 33-49 in 2015-16. However, in Murray’s rookie season, the Nuggets improved to 40-42, mostly because of the play of star big man Nikola Jokic who averaged 16.7 points per game and 9.8 rebounds that year.
Then, in 2017-18, Murray and Jokic helped the Nuggets become a winning team as they went 46-36 overall. They, however, still missed the playoffs that season.
The last two seasons, though, the Nuggets have been one of the best teams in the NBA. They went 54-28 in 2018-19, earning the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. They also ultimately reached the Western Conference Semifinals in the playoffs that year. Then in 2019-20, the Nuggets went 46-27 in the regular season and earned the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.
Murray has been excellent in the playoffs the past couple of seasons too. He averaged 21.3 points per game to go with 4.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds during the 2018-19 playoffs. In the 2019-20 playoffs, though, he has had several incredible performances. He scored 50 points twice against the Utah Jazz and 42 points in Game 5 of that series.
How much money has Jamal Murray made in his NBA career?
So far in his NBA career, Jamal Murray has made a decent amount of money. Spotrac estimates that he has earned $14.51 million in his career so far. It is unclear how much he might have lost in 2019-20 due to COVID-19, though.
However, starting in 2020-21, Murray will be very wealthy. In July 2019, Murray and the Nuggets agreed to a five-year, $170 million contract extension, according to Sports Illustrated.
Spotrac estimates that Murray will make $29.25 million in 2020-21, $31.59 million in 2021-22, $33.93 million in 2022-23, $36.27 million in 2023-24, and $38.61 million in 2024-25. That’s a ton of money.
Over the past few seasons, Jamal Murray has become one of the best guards in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets. His stellar play has certainly paid off for him too.