Davis Bertans and Dejounte Murray, will be involved in trips back and forth to D-League affiliate Austin Spurs throughout the course of the season. They made their debuts against the OKC Blue and did not disappoint.
Their first on what could be many trips to Austin, Bertans and Murray both had impressive debuts for Austin.
Starting with Bertans, he showed exactly why the Spurs have been keeping an eye on him from overseas. He can flat-out score the rock. Though he is not racking up much floor time for San Antonio, being able to be sent to the d-league to keep getting reps is good.
Bertans scored 22 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists. He also shot 50 percent from the 3-point line and went 7-for-13 from the field in 36 minutes of action against the OKC Blue.
As you can clearly see in the video, Bertans is not afraid to shoot the long ball. He has a quick release which makes it hard to defend. Standing at 6-foot-10, Bertans towered over the competition.
He was very mobile during the 36 minutes of play and did not once hold back on a play. He and Murray teamed up and worked the pick-and-roll which is something that we can all get used to.
One particular play that stuck out, Bertans received the ball at the top of the key and was quickly met with defenders. He quickly took a step to the right and took the ball between his legs to create just enough space for him to put up and nail another three.
His skill level is already high and will continue to go up.
For Murray, he finished with 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting. He also racked up six rebounds and seven assists in 37 minutes.
The competition level may not be as high as what both Bertans and Murray will see while with San Antonio but seeing them get minutes under their belts will help them as the season progresses.
As stated, it will not be the only trip these two will take to Austin. The Spurs have kept the same routine over the years so players that may not see much time during regular season games with the team, some mileage on their bodies.
There is no doubt San Antonio will make a run in the playoffs. Giving the younger guys the experience, whether it is in the d-league or with the Spurs will help them in the long run.
Both made an exceptional impression in their debuts and as you can see, they do have a bright future with San Antonio.