With the 29th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs selected Dejounte Murray from the University of Washington.
I wrote a piece recently about Murray’s intrigue as a prospect, and the Spurs now have a player with great potential.
Deyonta Davis was still on the board after a massive slide, but the Spurs decided to select Murray based on his size and athleticism at the guard position.
He’s a combo guard, possessing the ability to play either position, yet also comes with some worrisome flaws.
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He’s very turnover prone, and will have to become a better decision maker if he ever wants to be a successful point guard in the NBA.
At this stage in his development, he’s not a very good shooter, but the Spurs have shooting guru Chip Engelland to hopefully help Murray correct that. With a solid shooting touch, Murray can become an even more dynamic scorer than he already is.
He’s extremely athletic, and gets to the rim with ease. He also is very lengthy for a guard, possessing a wingspan of nearly 6’10”.
He’ll need to bulk up a bit to better thrive in the NBA, but with the access these players have to great gym facilities and training staffs within an NBA franchise, that will come with time.
He’s excellent in transition, and also has a lot of promise on the defensive end. He lacked a lot of tenacity on defense in college, but his length and athleticism are tools that can make Murray a feared defender if he develops the right mindset.
The upside with Murray is huge, and the Spurs have earned the benefit of the doubt throughout their years of shrewd drafting.
The Spurs are entering a new era post-Big Three, and Murray can be a solid piece to winning basketball for years to come.
Murray is an exciting scorer who is weighed down by erratic shooting as well as questionable decision making on the court. The Spurs have the coaching staff and player development squad to help him reach his amazing potential.