Though Dejounte Murray’s return to the San Antonio Spurs lineup wasn’t perfect, there’s plenty to be excited about in regards to his future.
Not everyone’s bought into the energy and hustle that San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray brings to the table. No matter which side of the fandom you stand on, there are two unequivocal truths that we can all agree on. The first is that Dejounte’s unwavering commitment to being his best self for the Spurs is an intangible asset to the franchise. The second is that he failed to reach his true potential in the 2019-20 NBA season.
Many factors go into Murray’s mediocre season beginning most importantly with his return from injury. Absolutely no one returns from an ACL tear and immediately takes a step past their previous level of play. Murray needed to readjust to game pace and the immense pressure of being a professional athlete playing an 82-game season slate. Yes, I know the season was shortened, but the point stands.
Circumstances beyond his control halted the momentum Dejounte had built in February and March that helped the San Antonio Spurs create some sort of identity. His play inside the Orlando bubble varied night-to-night with miscues scattered throughout his performances. However, he deserves credit for taking more shots and attempting to be the scoring threat that Spurs fans hope to see him become.
This offseason is a critical one for his development and fit with the team long-term. To be the player that Gregg Popovich believes him to be, Dejounte needs to work on a few things this offseason.