The 0-3 Sacramento Kings are making a change. After practice on Wednesday, head coach Mike Brown revealed that Keegan Murray will get his first shot as a starter in the NBA on Thursday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Mike Brown started off by telling us Keegan Murray will start tomorrow against the Grizz. pic.twitter.com/p3UAbFkMCJ
— Morgan Ragan (@momoragan) October 26, 2022
In two games off the bench this season Murray is averaging 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game on .542 shooting from the field, and .438 shooting from three. Murray has aced every test since the Kings drafted him 4th overall back in June. Whether it was summer league, preseason, or the real deal in the regular season, Keegan has remained steady and productive, and it's nice to see his play rewarded so soon.
Based on practice scrimmages, it appears KZ Okpala will be taking Murray's seat on the bench, and Brown's new starting unit will be Fox, Kevin Huerter, Harrison Barnes, Murray, and Domantas Sabonis.
I'm not going to call tomorrow nights contest against the Grizzlies a must-win, but the Kings are 0-3 with a rough schedule ahead, and the urgency to try something new so early before this season falls entirely off the rails is refreshing.