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SA Spurs: Ranking who will emerge as leading scorer in 2022

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San Antonio Spurs Option 2: Dejounte Murray

If the Spurs surprise the world next season, the likely reason will be the play of Dejounte Murray. Now expected to be one of the floor leaders of the team, the 24-year-old has plenty to build on after last season's impressive showing.

Murray averaged 15.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.5 steals per game for San Antonio last season. For comparison, All-Star Ben Simmons put up averages of 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 1.6 steals.

While, like Keldon Johnson, he has some work to do on his outside game, Murray does just about everything else well on the court. Last season, he also had some clutch buckets for the Spurs, and he'll likely be tasked with doing that even more this season.

The bottom line on Dejounte is he's extremely underrated in small-market San Antonio. While many took exception to it, Air Alamo's Jonak Kubicek recently ranked him as a top-10 point guard in the league after his borderline All-Star season.

Dejounte will certainly have to play like a top 10 point guard to give the Spurs a fighting chance at the play-in game in the loaded Western Conference. If he plays even better than that, anything is possible.