Even though he’s just 24 years old, it feels like Dejounte Murray has been with the San Antonio Spurs forever. His career hasn’t been a smooth ride up until this point but this season we’re seeing the young leader of the Spurs emerge as one of the most dominant two-way guards in the NBA.
Even as recently as January there were some fans who doubted Murray’s ability to lead the Spurs. They very well might still be out there but they’ve certainly been quieter as of late. And there’s a simple reason for that – Murray has been downright spectacular over the past month.
February wasn’t an easy month for the Spurs. They underwent shufflings in their frontcourt and backcourt even before they temporarily lost several key starters and reserves to COVID-19. But through it all, Murray was there to be the steadying force they needed.
DJ’s play over the last month is a key reason why the Spurs were able to go 6-3, further solidifying themselves as a playoff contender in the Western Conference. Yet, bafflingly, he’s still not showing up on many Most Improved Player predictions.
Murray is a team-first guy and probably won’t complain openly about being left off these lists. But let’s be clear – he deserves to be on them. Here’s a look at why he should be considered for MIP in 2021.