Rex Chapman Compares Himself with Devin Booker, Klay Thompson and Jamal Murray

Published 03/16/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
Jan 25, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) calls out a play as Dallas Mavericks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) defends during the second half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


Rex Chapman was one of the brightest prospects to enter the NBA in the late 80s. During his collegiate days, Chapman was one of the most touted stars. Him entering the NBA was treated with great excitement. The Charlotte Hornets drafted Chapman in 1988, with the eighth overall pick in the draft. Now, Chapman reveals which players are similar to him in his prime.

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Rex Chapman talks current-day comparisons

Rex Chapman gave an interview recently about his career. He was asked which players remind him of himself during his playing days. He remarked that Devin Booker and Klay Thompson bore similarities to his shooting prowess. However, he believes that Zach Lavine is most similar to him, because of his size and ability to move around nimbly.

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Feb 26, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoots against Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) during the first half of an NBA game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

“In my mind’s eye, a guy like Devin Booker. But that’s not it. Guys like Klay Thompson. At one point, early on, when the first time I saw Zach LaVine because he was real skinny and he had a live body. I was kind of that way for a little while. I would say, not as good – I don’t mean that it was tough for me.”

Chapman thinks Jamal Murray is similar

He noted that he had a tough time during his stint in the NBA. Even as a shooting guard, he was undersized compared to many of the prolific guards in the NBA, like Michael Jordan and Clyde Drexler. Furthermore, he went on to compliment and compare Jamal Murray to himself, while noting that he wasn’t as prolific as him.

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“At that time, I was 6’3 two-guard in the NBA. And most of the guards in the NBA posted up then, too. If they were 6’6, 6’7 like Michael and Clyde… But a guy who struggles to defend today, but is electric offensively is Jamal Murray, and he’s a gunslinger.”

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Can Jamal Murray reach superstar levels? He is still very young in his career and has been developing really well. Furthermore, his performances in the Denver Nuggetsplayoff run showed that he can be a superstar for a franchise. The Nuggets will be hoping that he can replicate those performances in the future on a more consistent basis.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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