3. Jamal Murray’s magical postseason for Denver Nuggets
Over two years ago, Murray tore his ACL in a mid-April meeting with Golden State. In his first playoff run since the injury, the Blue Arrow played with the poise and confidence of a seasoned vet. Though Jokic was the star of the show for the Denver Nuggets, Murray’s value cannot be understated.
The 26-year-old became one of only four point guards in NBA history to drop 500 points, 100 rebounds, and 100 assists in a single playoff run. Murray joined Stephen Curry, Isiah Thomas, and Russell Westbrook in achieving this feat.
Like Jokic, Murray shot lights out from distance throughout the playoffs with a 39.6% clip from deep. In fact, the Canadian champion nailed more threes than any point guard ever (aside from Curry in a single playoff run.
Murray also made history for his home country as he became just the ninth Canadian to ever win an NBA championship.
The former Kentucky star will be looking to make personal history in the 2023-24 season, as he hopes to earn his first All-Star selection. If he posts numbers like those from the playoff run, then he should be a shoo-in for a spot on the Western Conference roster.