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San Antonio Spurs: Dejounte Murray tops the charts in rebounding

By Rob Wolkenbrod
CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 25: Dejounte Murray #5 of the San Antonio Spurs gestures during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on February 25, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Spurs defeated the Cavaliers 110-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 25: Dejounte Murray #5 of the San Antonio Spurs gestures during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on February 25, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Spurs defeated the Cavaliers 110-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray delivered a performance that earned him a spot in franchise history.

When Tony Parker was first out of the lineup to start the 2017-18 season, Dejounte Murray briefly took the point guard reins. Multiple double-digit rebound games and double-double performances followed, which flashed the upside of this second-year point guard and what he can bring to the table for the San Antonio Spurs.

After a spell on the bench, in limited playing time, head coach Gregg Popovich moved Parker to the bench and made Murray the full-time starting point guard in January. It’s a move that stuck and may remain the case for future seasons.

Is the Washington product delivering? That might be up for debate, but he did achieve a place in Spurs history Monday night. This was with the record for most total rebounds in a single season by a point guard in franchise history, according to Jordan Howenstine of Spurs PR. Murray racked up 379 rebounds and passed Johnny Moore’s 378 mark vs. the Golden State Warriors.

Dejounte Murray just set the record for most total rebounds in a single season by a point guard in Spurs history.

Murray’s 379 rebounds this year passes the previous mark of 378 by Johnny Moore in 1984-85.

— Jordan Howenstine (@AirlessJordan) March 20, 2018

With 11 games left, Murray should obliterate this record, barring injury or other circumstances. He will potentially add to his 10 double-digit rebound games, the latest of which happened vs. the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday.

As Murray continues to grow into a starting point guard, will he top this record in future seasons? If he continues to crash the boards and use his impressive wingspan, it’s attainable, especially in heavier minutes.

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How far much further will Murray go in rebounding? Can he build on this part of his game?

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