With all of this extra time on his hands, San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray should be watching a specific group of historic players.
After his performance as a 21-year-old in the 2017-18 NBA season, San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray became the youngest player to ever make an All-Defensive team. From early on in his career, he set the bar high for himself, proclaiming that he wants to bring a championship to the River City.
Though there isn’t much opportunity to practice right now, Murray can still learn and improve himself as a basketball intellectual by studying other great players. As a defensive-minded, two-way player, Murray is unique compared with many of his contemporaries. His determination and intensity are reminiscent of players from a previous generation. These are the basketball minds that he should draw from to achieve his goals.
To be the championship-caliber player he’s outwardly aspired to be, Murray has to become more polished than ever before. Entering the 2019-20 season, it was clear that he had been working on his game. Murray came out of the gates with a refined jumper and eventually, his instincts as a floor general came along as well.
Becoming a reliable passer can be extremely difficult for any basketball player—let alone a starting point guard in the NBA. For as much as he progressed over the course of the year, Dejounte is far from reaching the heights he set for himself early in his career. His turnover rate is still higher than it should be he’s only just getting comfortable scoring outside of 15 feet from the basket. It’ll be a long path to success, but Murray is poised for a long, storied career in this league.
First, he’ll need to draw from legends of the past to push forward into a brighter future.