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Jamal Murray is meeting his own standards and his picked up the BBVA Compass NBA Rising Stars MVP for 2017. He’s been wracking up MVP awards since before the ninth grade and has now erased all doubts from the rocky start at the beginning of the season.

Charles Barkley has been making an argument to say that Murray could be a potential Rookie of the Year as a front runner.

As a rookie he’s averaging 9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

In last nights game, Murray finished with 36 points on 13 of 19 from the field and 9 of 14 from the three.

The last time I was in the gym with Murray in Kitchener, Ontario he went 86 out of 100 from the three and was upset about. He thought there was at least four of those 14 misses that he should have made.

Ultra confidence and an elite skill set with the ball in his hands is going to keep him in the league for a long time. It’s not far-fetched to think he’ll be in numerous NBA All-Star games as well.

With NBA All-Star festivities still going on there are a record high number of 7 Canadians participating at NBA | FIBA Basketball Without Borders.

Simi Shittu, Emmanuel Akot, Lugentz Dort, Ignas Brazdeikis, Noah Kirkwood, Rowan Barrett Jr and Andrew Nembhard will all be looking to grow their stock in front of NBA personnel.

Rowan Barrett Jr. has a good chance to be another Canadian to leave New Orleans with an MVP.

Elias Sbiet

Written by Elias Sbiet

Elias is the National Recruiting Analyst at NPH, keeping you up to date with Canadian basketball news on Canada's top prospects. You will find Elias at events across North America providing coverage and evaluating talent. He has been involved in the game as a scout, servicing NCAA, CIS and NBA teams for nearly a decade.

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