Fans are loving Jamal Murray’s doppelganger, with the TikTok star’s videos recently going viral on NBA Twitter.
Jamal Murray was one of the standout players in the Orlando Bubble during the covid-affected 2020 NBA season.
The Denver Nuggets would lose to the LA Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, but with Murray, an MVP like Nikola Jokic, and a potential All-Star in Michael Porter Jr, the future looked bright.
However, fast-forward to April 12, 2021, and the trajectory of the Nuggets was seriously altered after Jamal Murray tore his ACL in his left knee.
While driving for a layup, Murray landed awkwardly on his left foot and fell to the court. He refused a wheelchair when the injury occurred, and instead limped off the court with assistance. He has been sidelined ever since.
NBA fans are loving Jamal Murray’s TikTok doppelganger
Jamal Murray has become somewhat of a fan favorite in recent years. During a Game 1 loss to the Blazers in 2021, the Denver guard went viral over his court-side facial expressions.
Recently, though, he was trending for a different reason. NBA fans were loving Jamal Murray’s TikTok doppelganger, retweeting several of the lookalike’s videos on Twitter.
The responses were full of people commenting on how similar the individual looked to Jamal Murray:
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Jamal Murray’s viral lookalike is Javell Lynton Carty, who is on TikTok @javelllynton. Javell is already pretty huge on the platform, with 8.1m likes and over 128k subscribers.
His videos show him out and about with friends, and just generally joking around in his comedy-style videos. The videos are extremely popular and have been met with lots of positive comments.
Latest update on Murray’s return
Nuggets fans are understandably eager to see Murray back on the court for the new NBA season. Murray has been doing on-court work for months now and has also been spotted playing one-on-one basketball.
According to SI, Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations Calvin Booth recently talked with The Athletic’s Mike Vorkunov saying that he “definitely thinks” Jamal Murray will be ready to go for the start of the season.
However, head coach Michael Malone has been quick to temper expectations.
“To start the season, Jamal Murray’s not going to play in every single game,” he said on NBA TV (via Denver Fan). “He’s not going to play 35 minutes. He’ll play somewhere in the 20s to open the season.”
Murray will no doubt be a huge boost to the Nuggets whenever he returns.