San Antonio Spurs 2019-20 Season Review: Dejounte Murray’s dedication prevails

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CLEVELAND, OHIO – MARCH 08: Dejounte Murray #5 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on March 08, 2020 (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Despite the tumultuous regression of the San Antonio Spurs this year, starting point guard Dejounte Murray leveled the ship as a leader on & off the court.

From day one, starting point guard Dejounte Murray has been an ideal cultural fit with the San Antonio Spurs. His steadfast dedication to winning has been pivotal to a team trying to transition from a period of sustained excellence to the next generation of the organization.

Coming off of a devastating ACL tear in the 2018 preseason, Murray buckled down in his third NBA season, showcasing improvements in crucial offensive departments like passing vision, shooting stroke and leadership at the one-guard. Though he’s still far from a finished product, Murray continues to impress with his constant focus both on and off the court, earning him a four-year extension just prior to the start of the season.

Though he hit a rough patch, getting benched for eight games early in the season in favor of his future running game, Derrick White, Murray exploded past that by becoming the player we all knew he could be.

For the season, Murray averaged 10.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, each of which was career-high marks. Furthermore, he became more weary of his shot selection, resulting in a career-best true shooting percentage at 53.5 percent including 47.5 percent from the field and 79.8 percent from the charity stripe.

Excluding his brief cold streak earlier in the year, Murray has continuously pushed the needle, improving his scoring output and passing ability with time. In eight games after the All-Star break, Murray improved his scoring, assist and steals output while maintaining great efficiency.

San Antonio’s brain trust knows that Murray has the capacity to be a special two-way athlete and leader for this team. Now it’s only a matter of time until he reaches a point where he can be a deadly, go-to scoring option as leader of the young core.

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