Jamal Murray: “I believe I can score on anybody”

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Jamal Murray told Boston reporters he believes he is the best player available in the NBA draft this year, according to Chris Forsberg of ESPN. 

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This came after Murray had broken a pre-draft workout record with the Celtics, nailing 79 out of 100 from 3 point range during the shooting drills.

The record was previously held by another Canadian, Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer, who connected on 77.

Jamal Murray representing Canada well | image FIBA/ Reel Motion Imaging

Jamal Murray representing Canada well | image FIBA/ Reel Motion Imaging

Jamal was in his zen place when working through the drill, and after a slow start where he was only shooting 70%, Murray composed himself and finished the drill strong.

“I got off to a slow start, so [I’ll] try to do that again sometime,” Murray told ESPN. “That’s just the competitive spirit I have. That’s the competitive streak in me.”

“As a child, I was competitive in whatever it was — first one to eat your wings, first one to run to the door. In everything we were competitive. I always wanted to have the edge. My dad taught me a lot of meditative techniques. I used that to my advantage.”

When asked if he thought he was the best player in this year’s draft, Murray responded with the confidence that led him to a leadership role on a Canadian Pan Am team full of grown men. 

Photo by Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press

Photo by Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press

“I think so,” Murray said. “That’s not a knock on anybody, I’m just looking back on the work I’ve put in, how far I’ve come, how quickly I learn, how quickly I adapt to my surroundings and how easy I fit into a team. I believe I’m the best player in the draft, but every team needs what they need.”

“I believe I can score on anybody.”

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