Dejounte Murray has the physical length and speed to be a very good defensive player for the Spurs. He could use some time in the weight room but his height is an asset that you can’t teach, he is 6-5 with a 6-10 wingspan. But physical talent isn’t always the key to defensive success and that is where Kawhi can come in to mentor the young player, exposing him to drills that will heighten his defensive prowess. Kawhi will likely go at the young player during pickup games also, forcing Murray to improve defensively. Good habits and work ethic alone will improve Murray’s game.
2) Mid-Range Shooting:
Murray likely needs to spend a strong stretch with Spurs shooting coach Chip England to help with his shot overall but Kawhi can still expose Murray to helpful drills and workouts that will likely strengthen his offensive game. Murray came across as very speedy and quick in his rookie season but he didn’t have the jump shot that he will need to compete at the PG position. Kawhi could also help Murray with his drives to the basket by incorporating a floater, a shot that he uses from time to time.
1) Film Student:
One of the keys to Kawhi’s success is the fact that he watches film of his games and film of some of the all-time greats. He has been watching film of Jordan and Pippen, you can see clearly that it has influenced his game. This is a nugget that he needs to pass on to Murray. Murray needs to watch film of his teammate Tony Parker who came into the league with a similar skill-set as he did. Film will also assist with the decision making of the young guard, he made some pretty visible mistakes in the playoffs here and there. Film will force him to re-live them and that in itself will spark needed improvement.