Kris Murray, Iowa, junior
Measureables: 6-foot-8, 215 pounds, 22.8 years old
Statistics: 20.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 34.7 percent shooting from three on 6.3 attempts per game
This might be a little high for Murray – brother of Sacramento Kings rookie Keegan – but he’s the type of player Portland needs and, as he’ll be 23 years old at the start of next season and has three years of Big Ten basketball under his belt, fits more into the win-now category the Blazers could be looking for.
Kris will have played more than 80 games of high-level college basketball by the time he enters the draft, and he’s gotten better each season with the exception of his 3-point percentage, which has dipped since he’s now attempting twice as many as he has at any other point in his career.
Murray is physical enough and smart enough to hold up in the Big Ten – in terms of physicality, that conference might be closer to the NBA’s level of physicality than any other.
Keegan averaged 23.5 points and 8.7 rebounds and shot 39.5 percent from deep (on almost two fewer attempts than Kris) last season at Iowa. Those stats aren’t dramatically different from Kris’s this year, and Keegan is showing what he learned with the Hawkeyes clearly translates to the NBA.
Again, this might be a little high depending on where Portland’s pick lands, but Kris Murray is a low-maintenance, high-IQ, spot-up shooting wing with size. He’s ready to be a plug-and-play member of the Blazers rotation right away next season.