Dejounte Murray should continue to study the mastery of Jrue Holiday
Among the Spurs' ups and downs this season, a continual bright spot has been the emergence of Dejounte Murray as one of the most dynamic point guards in the NBA today. As impressive as Murray has been, he's still a long way from a finished product as a player. And if there is one peer that he should pay close attention to on Christmas, it's Milwaukee Bucks point guard Jrue Holiday.
When you think about Murray's ceiling, it looks a lot like Holiday. A pass-first point guard who can take over games when necessary while also being an absolute menace on the other end of the floor. You could make an argument that Murray is already at Holiday's level. I don't think that's true, but the argument could certainly be made. But if there is one thing that Holiday does better than Murray right now, it's step up and take command when it's time to get things done.
Look at what Holiday has done with Giannis out of the lineup. 30 points and nearly 10 assists per game on a pristine 56.3 percent shooting from the floor. That's All-NBA level play. Is that something Murray is capable of doing? I'm not going to say no, but we haven't seen that level of play from him. At least not yet.
Murray hasn't hit the 30 point mark yet this season and has just five games shooting better than 56.3 percent from the floor, with each of those games featuring key Spurs players such as Derrick White, Keldon Johnson, and Devin Vassell.
I'm not doubting Murray's ability to elevate his game when necessary - his performance in clutch situations shows that he's capable of coming through when it matters - but can he do it when he doesn't have his best teammates around him? Can he increase his scoring and playmaking while maintaining efficiency even when the Spurs are undermanned?
DJ has risen to the occasion time and time again, consistently improving with every season he adds to his resume. The next step to take is refining his ability to take over games when the Spurs are shorthanded. And until that time comes, Jrue Holiday will continue to be a template for Murray to study and mold his game after.