This summer, San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray will be working out with one of the top players in the NBA.
Dejounte Murray is coming off his first season in the NBA, with the San Antonio Spurs. He came in as the 29th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, out of Washington.
Through 38 games, Murray averaged 3.4 points, 1.3 assists and a 43 percent shooting percentage. He also received starter’s minutes in the Western Conference Finals, after Tony Parker went down with a quadriceps injury.
After showing promise throughout the season, Murray will look to step his game up in the offseason, by playing with one of the top players in the NBA, who also happens to be a teammate. ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported that Murray will work out with Kawhi Leonard in the summer in San Diego, CA.
San Antonio Spurs promising rookie Dejounte Murray will work out with All-Star teammate Kawhi Leonard over summer in San Diego, I'm told.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 13, 2017
Murray working with Leonard should only pay dividends, as he’ll train with a player who took steps forward in all six years of his NBA career. It led to him averaging 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and shooting 48 percent from the field; the assist and point averages were career-highs.
Whatever Murray can learn will help, too, especially for a season where Gregg Popovich potentially gives him more minutes. That will depend on who they add to the point guard position in free agency, as well as Parker’s recovery. But, it wouldn’t be surprising to at least see his 322 total minutes played and game appearances spike in the 2017-18 season.
Everyone will first see how Murray’s role is affected by the upcoming NBA Draft. The Spurs will, again, own the No. 29 pick in Round 1. They also own the No. 59 selection in Round 2.
Murray and Leonard have the next four months to train before the season starts in October. How will things progress in the offseason?