First-time NBA All-Star Dejounte Murray is having quite the season for the San Antonio Spurs -- so much so that it could have a larger impact on the team going forward. After all, the Spurs entered a rebuild in hopes of finding their next star.
However, Murray's emergence as an All-Star could be a gamechanger for the franchise. It could also rapidly accelerate the Spurs rebuild, allowing them to retool the team around him. With that being said, let's delve deeper into how Murray's All-Star selection can open more doors
1. More national TV games
San Antonio has pretty much been excluded from the NBA's national TV schedule for several seasons now. That should change now that Murray is an All-Star. After all, it provides the league with yet another young star that they can market, much like with Ja Morant or Trae Young.
This is especially true given the historic numbers he's putting up. He's averaging an incredible 19.9 points, 9.3 assists, 8.3 rebounds, and two steals per game, which should be more than enough to earn the league's attention.
It already appears to be working, as shown by NBA commissioner Adam Silver selecting him as a replacement to the All-Star team over higher-profile candidates. This proves that the league is taking notice of what he's doing even if fans of other teams haven't yet. Therefore, it's likely that the Spurs will be on national TV more next season and going forward if Murray continues to play at a high level.