With the 2021-22 NBA season in the books and the San Antonio Spurs barely making the play-in tournament, it’s easy for fans to chalk up a losing season in the Alamo City as a failure. By all means, this season was far from that.
The Spurs were not expected to make any postseason noise, and the emergence of Dejounte Murray as a superstar point guard was totally unexpected.
The Spurs moved on from the DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge years and have established an early identity for themselves. The road moving forward is very clear, and the five franchise cornerstones who made up the starting lineup had largely a very impressive season. The Spurs employed six full-time starters, moving on from Derrick White and replacing him with sophomore Devin Vassell.
While the Spurs have always employed a team-first playstyle, as the season winds down it’s important to value individual performance and take a look at those who met and fell short of expectations.
This grade should come as no surprise. A first-time All-Star, the league leader in steals, and a triple-double machine, Dejounte Murray had one of the best all-around performances by a Spur since Kawhi Leonard in 2017.
On top of being first in the league in steals, he finished fourth in assists per game and second in rebounds among guards. He managed all of that while also putting up 21 points a game and has established himself as the first option on offense for the next several years.
While he is far from being named league MVP, chants of that can be heard at the AT&T Center. He has received praise from the biggest names in basketball and has deserved all of it.
Murray is the face of San Antonio basketball at present and for the future. He is the fan favorite and one of the most underrated stars in the league. At age 25, he has given Spurs fans plenty to be excited about moving forward.