San Antonio Spurs: 3 stars from Spurs slump-busting win against Dallas
Dejounte Murray continues to shine in a breakout year for San Antonio Spurs
Lost in the noise of the San Antonio Spurs slide has been the consistent play of Dejounte Murray. He’s been outstanding in his fourth season for San Antonio. There are certainly nights when he could have played better but by and large, Dejounte has been incredibly consistent for the Spurs.
Since the losing started getting out of hand after the Spurs’ loss to the Bucks on March 20th, Murray has been a tear. He didn’t play in that game against Milwaukee and also missed the embarrassing loss to the Cavs but those are the only games he’s missed over the stretch.
Over that time period, Murray has been averaging 16 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 2.1 steals per game on 47 percent shooting from the floor. He is the only player in the entire NBA to post such numbers over the same span.
This isn’t so say that Murray is capable of doing things that no other player in the NBA does. LeBron James and Ben Simmons could put up similarly impressive numbers. But DJ is doing this from the guard spot and doing it with a vastly lower usage rate.
There is still some division around the league and among Spurs fans as to what Murray’s perceived ceiling is but it’s time we call him what he really is – one of the most unique players in the NBA today.
One game isn’t going to turn this team back into the early-season darlings we thought them to be but this is a great start. They’ll have an excellent shot at adding another W to the tally tonight when they face the Orlando Magic.