SALT LAKE CITY (November 13, 2014) - The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has assigned guard Toure' Murry to the NBA Development League's Idaho Stampede, the Jazz's exclusive D-League affiliate. Murry is expected to be in uniform for the Stampede's season opener on Friday, Nov. 14 against the Erie BayHawks.
Murry (6-5, 195, Wichita State) played one game for the Erie BayHawks last season while on D-League assignment from the New York Knicks, recording 10 points, four rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes of action. He spent the 2012-13 season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA D-League, averaging 8.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 46 games (30 starts) en route to the 2013 D-League Championship.
The 6-5 guard signed with Utah as a free agent on Aug. 28. He has not yet appeared in a game this season for the Jazz.
Murry is the ninth different player in Jazz history to be assigned to the D-League, and the first under the new Jazz-Stampede single affiliation. Other players on the current Jazz roster with D-League experience include Ian Clark, Rudy Gobert, Jeremy Evans and Steve Novak.
Jazz fans can watch Murry and all the Stampede games on the NBA D-League YouTube channel and through a YouTube video player on NBA.com/dleague.
I like Murry, particularly because he has both experience and has had to adapt his game to the needs of the team. Sure, he was a combo guard in college, but really was a shooting guard (from the film I've seen). He went undrafted and then in the NBA-DL he was used increasingly more as a point guard. The New York Knicks picked him up and played a rookie season with them almost entirely at the one. He can defend, play in the pick and roll, and makes good decisions in transition. But really, he has two guys ahead of him on the priority list in 22 year old Trey Burke and teenager Dante Exum. And those two need as many minutes as possible right now.
As a result, sadly, he's not going to be able to face the Knicks in NYC tonight. That would have been a cool home coming (alas, Steve Novak will have to carry that for both of them). Toure' will instead be in Idaho as the Stamps tip off their season against the Erie Bayhawks. (The Orlando Magic affiliate) He will get some run in with Utah Jazz training camp homies Kevin Murphy and Jack Cooley at least.
And yes, you'll get a game recap of that game too -- because this is SLC Dunk, and you guys deserve it!