On paper, San Antonio Spurs guards Dejounte Murray and Derrick White should be the ideal backcourt pairing. However, the two haven't been quite as successful as most would have expected this season considering the duo currently has a negative net rating when they share the floor.
Dejounte Murray and White are both talented two-way guards in their mid-twenties, but this season has led to the realization that they may not be a perfect fit together in the starting lineup. While they may not be perfect because their games are so similar, they are at least functional together.
Still, separating them does come with some issues. So how should San Antonio deal with this issue? Let's examine the double-edged sword of starting White and Murray.
It may seem hard to believe now, but there appeared to be a large segment of fans who believed White to be better than Murray. This season has likely changed minds with Murray's terrific play contrasting with White's underwhelming performance thus far. Full transparency, I was Team White, though Murray quickly began to close the gap between them last season.
This season, Murray has not only overtaken White but is so far ahead of him that it speaks to how quickly he’s improved and how little White has. Some of that was to be expected, considering Murray is more than two years younger and appeared to have a much higher ceiling, one that he’s rocketing toward now.
Still, after averaging nearly 19 points per game in the NBA Bubble, it seemed White had another level left to reach. Despite that, it's becoming increasingly clear that those eight games were a mirage and he’s likely reached his peak. What’s odd, however, has been his seeming regression after apparently reaching his ceiling.