2021 Rookie of the Year Breakdown
By BIG3 September 24, 2021
Jarrett Jack and Kevin Murphy: Co-Rookie of the Year Season Breakdown
For the first time in BIG3 history we had Co-Winners for an Award
Both Jarrett Jack and Kevin Murphy burst onto the BIG3 scene in 2021 firmly cementing themselves as stars in the league. Murphy and Jack finished the season averaging more than 20 points per game, placing them in the top five in the category.
Jack and Murphy both led their teams to the championship where they faced off in the Bahamas.
Jarrett Jack came into the BIG3 as the new captain of Trilogy in 2021 and he did not disappoint leading Trilogy to their second BIG3 Championship.
Jack started the season off strong scoring 15 points in week one. In the second half of the season Jack put up MVP caliber numbers on the way to a championship. Jack and Trilogy were playing their best ball at the perfect time of the season.
Jack finished the season fifth in scoring in the BIG3, even with missing a game in the middle of the season. Jack had his first big highlight of the season in week two where he made a game winning four pointer against 3 Headed Monsters. In games that Jack played Trilogy went 5-2 in the regular season. Including the postseason, Trilogy finished 7-2. Jack hit both game winning three pointers in the playoffs, adding to his season highlights.
Jack finished the season in the top 10 in scoring, assists, steals, blocks. His defensive efforts went largely unnoticed until the last couple weeks of the season, especially week eight against Killer 3’s where he had a couple big time blocks. The high level play didn’t stop in week 8. In the playoffs Jack scored 33 points in the semi finals and 29 in the championship. Jack averaged 31 points per game in the playoffs which is more than half the total team points scored.
From being the 7th pick in the first round of the BIG3 SuperDraft Murphy quickly became a star in the BIG3.
“Kevin Murphy is a hell of a player, I don’t know what they’re doing overseas or in the NBA, but somebody get that boy a job, a high paying one too,” Jack said after the championship.
Some of the highest praise of the season came from his co-winner of Rookie of the Year. Murphy came into the BIG3 in the draft to 3 Headed Monsters. At a week seven practice 3 Headed Monsters coach Gary Payton made it clear why they got Murphy on the team.
“I don’t want your game to stop, don’t stop your game. Reggie [Evans] will figure it out, I will have him figure it out. He [Rashard Lewis] will figure it out. I don’t want you trying to figure the game out, just score, thats what we got you here for, to score the ball,” Gary Payton said at week seven practice.
Kevin Murphy burst into the BIG3 with 19 points and five assists in a week one win over Tri-State.
Murphy finished the season fourth in scoring at 20.4 per game. Murphy was also second in the BIG3 in four pointers at four on the season. Murphy was a relentless scorer the whole season, filling it up from the perimeter and getting to the basket whenever he needed to.
In the semi-finals of the playoffs Murphy scored 29 points and brought down 8 rebounds. Murphy scored 12 points in the championship to put him at an average of 20.5 in the playoffs.
Murphy was the perfect piece for 3 Headed Monsters to add this season. He brought the high level guard play that 3 Headed Monsters needed. Murphy made a number of game winners throughout the season, none more important than the three pointer to seal 3 Headed Monsters spot in the championship.
After a great season, both Murphy and Jack were voted on by players and coaches as co-winners of Rookie of the Year.
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