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Dejounte Murray, G, San Antonio Spurs
Murray’s and Jackson’s situations are similar, if it wasn’t for a small caveat: Murray was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs. The ex Washington PG came into the draft as a talent with huge upside and an awful shooting form. But that’s a simplistic way to put it. In his lone year at Washington he did not look like a prospect ready to jump to the Nba, and the fact that he did make that jump is surprising. He never truly dominated in college (16.1 points, 6 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 28.8% from three). And the point guard spot is the hardest one to master, even rookies deemed ready need 3 to 4 years to adjust to the nuances of the role.
Here comes the Spurs factor, a role-model franchise for organization, efficiency and expertise. The Spurs pioneered the use of D-League teams to develop players, and Murray has been averaging 17.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.4 assists with the Austin Spurs, despite shooting 10.8% from behind the arc. But it’s not just about the numbers. Bryn Forbes went undrafted but made the Spurs’ roster in training camp and is assigned to the Austin Spurs. Forbes and Murray are one of the best backcourt duos in the Development League, and are taking the NBADL by storm. There’s chemistry, potential and talent, and they are refining that mix together, because potentially they might be the next backcourt duo for the Spurs in the Nba.
Murray is a huge bet for the Spurs, who are confident they can fix his shot, thanks to Chip Engelland, the shooting coach that turned Kawhi Leonard into the player he is now. Also, keep in mind the Spurs system does not need a shooter at the point, Tony Parker was never a good shooter and he worked with Engelland as well, earlier in his career.
Murray certainly needs to bulk up and to play and get some reps. He will not be relevant in the Nba for a few years, but he is the one that will take over once Parker cannot handle it anymore. If the Spurs can’t do it, then nobody could. Murray has the best chance he could possibly get, it’s up to him now.