Dejounte Murray's chemistry with his teammates was never bad but this year it has reached new heights. This new wrinkle of trust is obvious on the court and particularly with veterans LaMarcus Aldridge and Manu Ginobili. The latter who continues to rave about the young point guard’s desire to be great defensively. Murray also showed the ability to calm down team star Aldridge, respectfully waving off Coach Pop to talk to the vet himself, when the star received a technical for pushing Serge Ibaka--true growth.
2) Running the Offense:
He is slowly but surely finding that balance between speed and serenity. He is taking his time and finding his teammates at the right times. He is also not hesitating when it is his time to score the basketball. Against the Raptors, Murray had a efficient 16 points for the game. He was in control on the offensive end and took little to no ill-advised shots. It is early, but he is looking comfortable.
Murray had an amazing 15 rebound game the other night and he was the first Spur guard to accomplish the feat since Manu Ginobili. This skill could be huge for the Spurs and allow them to play smaller line-ups without worrying too much about giving up offensive rebounds. So many young guards only use their athleticism on offense but Murray has obviously made a huge commitment to use his defensively and on the boards.