San Antonio Spurs best chances for return to the playoffs will depend on internal development

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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)

Looking at what Dejounte Murray has done with the San Antonio Spurs so far

First on our list is Dejounte Murray. Of the young core, Murray has had the most time with the team.  Dejounte came to the NBA as a raw prospect oozing with athleticism and jaw-dropping measurables. Those physical tools are still there and have helped him grow into an elite defender. He’s also used his time in the league to shore up one of his major weaknesses. His jumper is much better than it was a few years ago and will surely be a continual point of focus going forward.

Murray increased his playing time from 8.5 mpg his rookie season to 21.5 mpg his sophomore season.  He was penciled in as the starting point guard for his third season which was expected to be his breakout year.  Dejounte’s expected breakout season was interrupted by a torn ACL in a 2018 preseason game.

During the down year, Murray stayed positive and remained a part of team activities.  He returned this past year as the starting point guard for the San Antonio Spurs and averaged 25.6 mpg in a recovery season.

At the start of the 2020-21 season, Dejounte will be 24 years old and his contract extension will kick in.  Will this be the breakout year Spurs fans have expected and hoped for?  Despite the Western Conference being stacked with many great guards, there are promising signs that Murray could indeed make the steps to enter All-Star level consideration.  The areas of improvement for Dejounte have already been covered in recent articles by Dylan Carter and Matty Farner.

Murray is going to need to take a leap to get to the All-Star game this year. Thankfully there are already quite a few point guards with games similar to his that he can draw inspiration from.

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