Spurs: For Dejounte Murray, franchise record is inevitable
By Josh Paredes
By the end of his career with the San Antonio Spurs, standout point guard Dejounte Murray will likely lead the franchise in one major category, and it probably won't take him that long to get there. Now in his fifth season with the team, Murry is establishing himself as the leader of the new era on both ends of the floor.
Murray's averages of 17.6 points, 8.4 assists, and 7.6 rebounds per game hint at what he's capable of on a nightly basis, and he's just getting started. Just seven games into this season, he sits at fourth on the Spurs' all-time list in franchise triple-doubles with five, and he's already three away from tying for second.
Murray's triple-double against the Los Angeles Lakers was the first 20-point, 15-assist triple-double in Spurs history and gave him one more than all-time great Tim Duncan. Here's how the list currently breaks down in terms of total triple-doubles by Spurs.
1. David Robinson - 14
2. Alvin Robertson - 8
3. Johnny Moore - 6
4. Dejounte Murray - 5
5. Tim Duncan - 4
When can we expect Dejounte Murray to become the Spurs' all-time leader?
Given his added responsibility and freedom on the court, it's safe to say Murray will at least get three more triple-doubles by the end of the season to tie Alvin Robertson for second. Getting nine more to catch David Robinson would probably be asking a little too much, but that might be something we can re-visit at the NBA All-Star break.
In most games this season, Murray has been on triple-double watch, most notably when he almost had a second one in a row against Dallas but finished two assists and two boards short.
Passing Tim Duncan on any kind of list is an accomplishment in itself, so Murray should be proud of what he's already done at the age of 25. Pretty soon, he'll start to break into other franchise lists as he continues to blossom in San Antonio.