It certainly hasn't happened overnight, or nearly as fast as some fans would have hoped, but Dejounte Murray is making his claim to the title of the San Antonio Spurs' go-to guy. As the de facto leader of the new-look Spurs, Murray is pushing his game to new heights and deservedly garnering national attention for it.
When the Spurs moved DeMar DeRozan to the Chicago Bulls this summer, it opened up a void that Murray was perfectly positioned to fill. He'd been the Spurs starting point guard for years and had become well known to the San Antonio faithful for his versatility and two-way impact. But this season, he's taken another leap and become a bona fide All-Star candidate.
Dejounte Murray has become the go-to guy for the San Antonio Spurs and is making a strong case for All-Star consideration along the way.
It's still early in the season, but pundits are taking notice of the impact Murray is having on the Spurs. Former NBA Champion and current co-host of the Road Trippin' Podcast, Channing Frye was one of the first to point out what Murray was doing on the court. And if DJ keeps up his stellar play, he certainly won't be the last.
We're a long way off from the 2022 NBA All-Star Game but let's take a quick look forward at what Murray will have to do to solidify his case for attending the festivities in Cleveland and making his first career All-Star appearance.