San Antonio Spurs: Three goals for Dejounte Murray in 2018-19

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SACRAMENTO, CA – DECEMBER 23: Tony Parker #9 and Dejounte Murray #5 of the San Antonio Spurs warm up against the Sacramento Kings on December 23, 2017 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. 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 Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dejounte Murray will enter his third season with the San Antonio Spurs, but what can he strive to achieve?

Dejounte Murray‘s 2017-18 season featured ups and downs, including losing the starting point guard job when Tony Parker was hurt. Eventually, Parker made way for this rising talent, and he held down this spot for the rest of the year.

Without this veteran presence, the point guard spot is Murray’s for 2018-19, his first full season with the job. He will handle the ball for a new-look team that no longer has Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Kyle Anderson.

What can Murray do to take another step forward, though? Let’s take a look:

3. Win another defensive award

In just 48 starts and a shade over 21 minutes per game, Dejounte Murray took home a spot on the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the 2017-18 season. He not only racked up 1.2 steals per game, but a 101 Defensive Rating represented his strong, defensive presence on the perimeter.

Perhaps Murray’s most notable stat, he dominated the boards as a 6-foot-5 point guard, with 5.7 rebounds per game; an above-average number for a player at a position that’s not expected to grab rebound, but his unique combination of height and wingspan allowed this to come to fruition.

As Murray’s experience in the NBA continues, he should only improve. That potentially means more defensive awards are on the way, maybe as soon as the 2018-19 season.

Murray stands a chance at another second-team award. Given the strength of last season’s first team, it might be a difficult group to crack, but if his defensive level takes another step forward in 2018-19, maybe this becomes viable.

The sky is the limit for Murray’s defense, given what he proved as a 21 year old. Will he win another award in the spring?

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