Averaged 5.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 11.9 mpg in 38 games with the Raptors following trade from the Denver Nuggets....Made first start of year on 2/24/01 at Washington, scoring nine points while adding a season-high seven rebounds....Netted 16 points on 1/19/01 against his former Washington teammates....Scored all 18 of the Raptors' bench points in a season-high scoring performance vs. Sacramento on 2/23/01....Saw a season-high 32 minutes in that contest....Scored 13 points in debut with Toronto 1/14/01 vs. Hornets....Scored 17 points in 19 minutes on 1/9/01 at Vancouver....Scored two points in five total minutes of game time in the playoffs.
Scored 26 points in a 107-98 loss at Orlando on 3/14....Tallied 20 points and 8 rebounds in a 98-88 loss to Miami on 2/26....Netted 18 points (4-6 3-FG) in a 126-101 win over Milwaukee on 2/22....Notched 13 points and 10 rebounds in a 110-102 loss to Charlotte on 2/5....Posted 27 points and hit a career-high 7 three-pointers in a 130-129 OT loss in Milwaukee on 1/8....Totaled 18 points and 8 rebounds in a 77-66 loss in Chicago on 1/5....Scored a game-high 19 points in a 101-93 victory in Philadelphia on 11/24....Registered 15 points in 17 minutes, in a 104-95 loss to Miami on 11/12.
On the injured list from 4/1 to 4/12 due to a sprained right big toe....Posted 20 points (7-9 FG, 4-4 3FG, 2-2 FT) and 3 rebounds against the Milwaukee Bucks on 3/30....Recorded 16 points (3-5 3FG) and 6 rebounds in a 112-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets on 3/27....Scored 13 points, hitting 4-of-7 three-pointers, in a 93-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls on 2/19.
Posted a team-high 25 points and 4 rebounds in a 101-93 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on 4/15....Scored a game-high 27 points (9-14 FG) in a 104-102 victory over the New York Knicks on 4/14....Totaled 23 points and 4 rebounds in a 99-87 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on 3/24....Recorded 22 points (8-12 FG, 4-4 3FG, 2-2 FT) and 7 rebounds against the Boston Celtics on 3/6....Registered 24 points and 5 rebounds in a 110-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors on 2/26....Posted 27 points (4-5 3FG) and 4 rebounds in a 124-112 victory over the Houston Rockets on 2/24....Totaled a game-high 29 points and 6 rebounds against the Sacramento Kings on 2/15....Recorded a career-high 50 points (18-29 FG) and 8 rebounds in a 99-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors on 2/10....Competed in the AT&T Shootout during the 1998 NBA All-Star Weekend in New York....Registered 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in a 104-87 victory over the New Jersey Nets on 1/24....Scored 23 points (9-15 FG, 2-2 FT) in a 112-110 victory over the Vancouver Grizzlies on 1/16....Posted a game-high 22 points, hitting 4-of-5 three-pointers, and 4 assists in a 118-91 win over the Toronto Raptors on 12/31....Totaled 21 points (9-14 FG) and 5 rebounds against the Houston Rockets on 12/27....Recorded 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals in a 97-95 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on 12/26....Scored 26 points, hitting a career-high 7-of-11 three-pointers, in a 120-99 victory over the New Jersey Nets on 12/9....Registered 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 118-96 victory over the Sacramento Kings on 12/4....Scored a team-high 24 points and grabbed 5 rebounds against the Philadelphia 76ers on 11/19....Posted 23 points and 4 rebounds against the Orlando Magic on 11/15.
With Tim Legler injured for most of the season, Murray stepped in and played a key role by providing the Bullets with a long-range shooting threat off the bench....He played in all 82 games, all but one as a reserve, and led Washington's bench in scoring 56 times, including 15 of the the last 19 games as the Bullets made their playoff run down the stretch. He averaged 10.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 22.1 minutes, and his 106 three-pointers led the team....Murray scored a season-high 24 points against Boston on March 26, including a pair of key three-pointers in the third quyarter that sparked Washington to a 105-92 victory. He tallied a team-high 22 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter when he shot 4-for-5 from three-point range, as Washington ralled for a 99-95 victory at Miami on March 6. He also had a 23-point game and a pair of 20-point outings....Murray enjoyed an outstanding playoff series against the Chicago Bulls, scoring 13, 22 and 20 points in the three games to rank third on the team in scoring at 18.3 ppg. He shot .567 from the field on 17-for-30, .500 from three-point range on 5-for-10 and .941 from the foul line on 16-for-17.
Murray finished fifth in the balloting for the NBA's Most Improved Player award as he boosted his scoring average from 4.8 to 16.2 points per game, an 11.4-point increase that was the largest in the league. The Raptors' second-leading scorer and the only member of the team to play in all 82 games, Murray also averaged 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.06 steals in 30.0 minutes per game, all career highs....He led the team in free throw percentage at .831 and three-point field goal percentage at .422, 16th in the NBA, and shot .454 overall from the field. Murray's 151 three-pointers made and 358 attempted both topped the Raptors....Murray started 37 games over the course of the season, 34 at small forward, two at shooting guard and one at power forward. He started the last 32 games, averaging 20.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 37.8 minutes per game....He had 28 games with 20 or more points, four 30-point efforts and a career-high and franchise-record 40 points against Denver on March 18. In that game he shot 15-for-25 from the field including 6-for-12 from three-point range and was 4-for-4 from the free throw line. His 23 points in the second half set a Raptors record and his six three-pointers made and 12 attempted tied franchise marks....Murray posted the first double-double of his career when he grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with his 23 points as the Raptors upset Chicago on March 24. He came back with another double-double one week later, getting 32 points and 10 rebounds against the Lakers on March 31....After the season, Murray signed with the Washington Bullets as a veteran free agent.
Murray began his third season in Portland but finished it as a member of the NBA-champion Houston Rockets. While still with the Trail Blazers, he turned in one of his better performances on January 19 against the Phoenix Suns, scoring a season-high 19 points with a career-high 5 assists....After 29 games with Portland, however, he was packaged with Clyde Drexler and sent to Houston on February 14 in exchange for Otis Thorpe, the rights to Marcelo Nicola, and a draft pick. The trade didn t do much to increase Murray s playing time. For Portland he had averaged 10.8 minutes per outing; at Houston he played 8.1 minutes per contest. For the season, he averaged 4.8 points and 1.1 rebounds in 54 appearances. The league leader in three-point shooting in 1993-94, he registered a field-goal percentage of .408 and a three-point percentage of .407 in 1994-95. He was not on the Rockets active playoff roster as Houston marched to its second straight NBA Championship.
Throughout his years as a California high school and college star, it was clear that Murray was a shooter of colossal potential. In 1993-94, his second season in the NBA, he demonstrated his prowess on the professional level. Despite playing only 12.4 minutes per game in 66 contests, Murray hit on 50 of 109 three-point attempts to lead the NBA with a .459 percentage, just reaching the minimum made three-pointers needed to qualify for the league rankings....During the season Murray provided instant offense off the bench for Portland Trail Blazers Coach Rick Adelman. He scored 6.6 points per game, with a career high of 22 points against the Charlotte Hornets on January 6. The Blazers advanced to the playoffs but lost to the Houston Rockets in the first round. Murray saw action in only two of Portland's four playoff games, scoring 4 points in 11 total minutes.
Tracy Murray scored 3,053 points at Glendora High School in California, the highest total ever by a prep player in that state. As a senior, he led the nation with his 44.3 scoring average and 125 three-point field goals....After being selected to the All-Pac-10 Conference First Team for a second consecutive season, Murray opted to leave UCLA after his junior year and soon found himself on the court with a star-studded cast in Portland....He played in 48 games as a rookie and averaged 5.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game. Murray cracked the starting lineup 14 times and performed well, averaging 9.8 points on 50-percent shooting as a starter. The big games seemed to bring out the best in him, evidenced by his fine numbers in 26 games against the 15 other NBA playoff entrants: 6.7 points per game, .462 field-goal shooting, and .944 free-throw shooting....Murray's rookie highs included 20 points against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 9, 8 rebounds against the Los Angeles Clippers in the regular-season finale, and 36 minutes of playing time on March 11 at Houston against the Rockets. Murray s free-throw percentage of .875 (35-of-40) was a team high. He didn't play in the four playoff games against the San Antonio Spurs.
Averaged 18.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 1.5 apg in 98 games during three seasons at UCLA....Left school ranked fifth in team history in total points and scoring average....All-Pac 10 selection as a junior when he posted 21.4 ppg and 7.0 rpg and led the Pac-10 in three-point shooting (.500)....Also a Pac-10 First Team selection as a sophomore after averaging 21.2 ppg and 6.7 rpg in 32 games.