Dejounte Murray
Dejounte Murray
22-Year-Old GuardG
San Antonio Spurs
GTD
Injury Knee
Est. Return 9/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After playing just 38 games as a rookie, Murray became a significant member of the Spurs' rotation in 2017-18, seeing the floor in 81-of-82 regular season games and averaging 21.5 minutes. Murray found himself in a timeshare with Patty Mills for much of the season, and Tony Parker also cut into his workload when he was healthy. However, Murray eventually locked up the starting point guard role and is clearly the team's top guy at the position for the foreseeable future. After earning the full-time starting job on Jan. 21 against the Pacers, Murray wound up remaining in that role for the final 34 games of the regular season, posting averages of 10.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.8 steals across 26.5 minutes during that span. That production gives Fantasy owners some optimism heading into the upcoming campaign. The Spurs let Parker walk in free agency and also traded Kawhi Leonard away in exchange for DeMar DeRozan. Parker's departure should add on a few minutes to Murray's per-game average, though DeRozan will likely take away some ball-handling opportunities from Murray. Still, the second-year guard's ability to rack up rebounds and steals make him a valuable Fantasy in deeper leagues. Murray does need to improve as a scorer in order to become a much more reliable target. The 21-year-old shot just 44.3 percent from the field, 26.5 percent from deep and 70.9 percent from the free-throw line, so there are a few categories where his lack of efficiency could hurt those in rotisserie leagues. Either way, with Murray locked into a full-time starting role for an entire season, look for his numbers across the board to take another jump. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $2.41 million contract with the Spurs in July of 2016. Spurs exercised $1.54 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017. Spurs exercised $2.32 million team option for 2019-20 in September of 2018.
Recovery proceeding as expected
GSan Antonio Spurs
Knee
June 17, 2019
Murray (knee) is expected to be back to full strength for the beginning of the Spurs' training camp in the fall, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports. "He does his workouts. He does everything we want him to do," coach Gregg Popovich said of Murray. "He is excited about next season and he has been like that since the beginning of his rehab."
ANALYSIS
Viewed by many as a breakout candidate heading into 2018-19 while inheriting the starting point guard gig from the departed Tony Parker, Murray never received his chance to run the show after tearing the ACL in his right knee in the preseason. Murray, who will be 11 months removed from knee surgery by the time camp rolls around, already displayed notable progress before the Spurs' playoff run ended in late April. He had already resumed contact work and was dunking without any complications, so he'll likely turn his focus to building strength in his knee during the summer before returning to action without restrictions. Derrick White performed admirably as the Spurs' primary point guard last season, but he could shift over to shooting guard with Murray healthy again in 2019-20, which would give San Antonio one of the league's better defensive backcourts.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Murray was given low expectations as a long-term project after being selected with the 29th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, but he ended up making more of an impact than originally expected and split time with Patty Mills as the backup point guard to Tony Parker. While a lingering groin injury forced him to miss double-digit contests, Murray ended up playing in 38 games, including eight starts, and ended the 2016-17 campaign with averages of 3.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists across 8.5 minutes. While those stats don't necessarily scream upside, it was Murray's late season production that sparked so much excitement. Against the eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, Murray was a solid contributor with averages of 8.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.0 steals across 21.8 minutes. Looking ahead to the 2017-18 campaign, Murray has a huge opportunity ahead of him. Tony Parker is slated to miss at least the first three months of the season with a ruptured quadriceps, which leaves a big hole at point guard. Patty Mills, who re-upped on a four-year, $50 million contract, is the favorite to take over starting duties, but Murray could also be in the running with a strong training camp. If he does end up securing a starter's role, Murray could be a breakout candidate in just his second NBA season.
The Spurs stopped Murray's unexpected fall from a potential lottery pick to out of the first round, claiming the point guard from Washington with the 29th overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft. On a team as deep as the Spurs, Murray is going to be a pet project for coach Gregg Popovich and GM R.C. Buford, but after a couple years of tutelage, he may be ready to take the reins of the offense from the aging Tony Parker. While Murray wasn't a household name during his lone season in college, he arguably has as much long-term upside as anybody in the draft outside of Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram. His size (6-foot-5), length (6-foot-10 wingspan) and speed are elite physical tools that separate him from others at point guard. Point guards who average six rebounds and 1.8 steals per game in their first year of college are a rare breed, and it speaks to Murray's ability to do things that can't be taught. He has a long way to go, however, in areas of his game that can be improved through hard work. Murray shot just 28.8 percent on 3.5 attempts per game from three-point range, and he averaged just 4.5 assists in 33.5 minutes per game, despite demonstrating excellent vision at times and being a willing passer. He also averaged 3.2 turnovers per game, as his handle was occasionally loose. Those flaws won't be corrected overnight and arguably make him more likely than not to wash out of the league in short order, but the encouraging track record of the Spurs organization in terms of player development gives Murray a better chance at success than if he were to have landed almost anywhere else.
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Progresses to contact work
GSan Antonio Spurs
Knee
April 16, 2019
Murray (knee) has progressed to participating in contact work, Jeff Garcia of Spurs Zone reports.
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Dunks for first time since injury
GSan Antonio Spurs
Knee
March 8, 2019
Murray (knee) dunked for the first time since undergoing surgery to address a torn ACL, Jeff Garcia of FOXSanAntonio.com reports.
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Undergoes successful surgery
GSan Antonio Spurs
Knee
October 23, 2018
Murray (knee) underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Suffers torn ACL
GSan Antonio Spurs
Knee
October 8, 2018
Murray suffered a torn ACL in his right knee and is considered out indefinitely, Tom Orsborn of San Antonio Express-News reports.
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Exits game with knee injury
GSan Antonio Spurs
Knee
October 7, 2018
Murray suffered a right knee injury during Sunday's preseason matchup with the Rockets and won't return, Jabari Young of The Athletic reports.
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