Dejounte Murray
Dejounte Murray
24-Year-Old GuardG
San Antonio Spurs
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Injury Rest
Est. Return 4/24/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Although his scoring came and went, Murray carved himself out a valuable role both for the Spurs and for fantasy purposes in 2019-20. With averages of 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.7 steals, Murray offered a little of almost everything, and he improved on his shooting both from the field (46.2 percent, up from 44.3) and from the line (79.8 percent, well up from 70.9). He showed remarkable rebounding prowess for a point guard, picking up double-digit boards six times en route to six double-doubles (one of which came courtesy of 10 assists). With Bryn Forbes gone and Patty Mills possibly seeing fewer minutes, Murray's game is on the rise and he shouldn't be overlooked from a fantasy standpoint. If his court time and usage rate continue rising, Murray could very well offer up close to 15 points per game with upward of six boards and assists apiece, plus plenty of steals -- but even if we just get last year's version of him again, he'll be plenty valuable. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $64 million contract extension with the Spurs in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Dejounte Dashaun Murray was born in Seattle, Washington in 1996. He attended Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, where he played basketball and led the Vikings to three Class 3A state championships. As a senior, Murray averaged over 23 points and 13.8 rebounds per game. He had a 52-point, 20-rebound performance that season, highlighting his talent as both a scorer and a rebounder. Murray teamed with coach Gregg Popovich and the charitable organization Shoes That Fit to provide over 200 students with new shoes at a San Antonio elementary school in 2017. Learn more about Murray by following him on Twitter (@DejounteMurray) and Instagram (@dejountemurray).

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Murray was pegged for the All Pac-12 Conference Second Team and the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team for the 2015-16 season. He led all Pac-12 freshmen by averaging 16.1 points, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals. The Seattle, Washington native led the Huskies with six rebounds per game, and he also ranked second in points and assists per contest. He registered double figures in points scored in 26 of his 34 games, including each of his last 10 contests. The guard helped lead Washington to the second round of the 2016 NIT Tournament. After his freshman year, Murray announced he would enter the 2006 NBA Draft. He was chosen by the San Antonio Spurs with the 29th overall pick.

Will be rested Thursday
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April 22, 2021
Murray will be rested for Thursday's game against the Pistons, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
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With the Spurs on the second half of a back-to-back, both Murray and Patty Mills will get the night off. Detroit will also rest a number of regulars, so most of the game's top fantasy options will not be active. Murray had 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in Wednesday night's loss to Miami.
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After missing the entire 2018-19 season due to an ACL injury, Murray kicked off the 2019-20 season with a bang, racking up 37 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists and five steals in the season's first two games. That included a 19-point effort with 10 rebounds against Washington on Oct. 26. On Nov. 7, Murray recorded a career-high 10 assists along with 17 points against the Thunder. Murray went on to have his best NBA season yet, rewarding the Spurs for their patience with career-high averages of 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.7 steals over the course of 66 games (58 starts). The University of Washington product finished tied for fourth in the NBA in total steals with 111. That included 35 multi-steal games, and he recorded a season-high six swipes in a Mar. 8 effort against Cleveland. He also set new personal bests in terms of efficiency both from the field (46.2 percent) and from the free-throw line (79.8 percent). Murray delivered double-digit points 39 times, clearing 20 points on four of those occasions. On Feb. 11, Murray delivered a career-high 25 points alongside nine rebounds, three assists and a steal against Oklahoma City. On Aug. 13, Murray racked up a career-high 14 rebounds along with 12 points and seven assists.

2018

Murray missed the 2018-19 due to injury. The 22-year-old suffered a torn ACL during the 2018-19 preseason. During the 2017-18 season, Murray appeared in 81 of San Antonio's 82 regular season games.

2017

Murray took a big step forward in his second NBA season. After playing in 38 games and averaging 8.5 minutes per contest as a rookie, the Washington product upped that to 81 games and 21.5 minutes per appearance in 2017-2018. Not surprisingly, Murray upped his scoring as well, going from 3.4 points per game to 8.1 points per game. He shot 44.3 percent from the field, 26.5 percent from three-point range and 70.9 percent from the free-throw line. Murray also set new career highs with 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Murray parlayed his strong play into 48 starts, and he averaged 26.1 minutes per contest as a starter versus 14.8 minutes per game off the bench. Murray improved his shooting as a starter to 45.2 percent from the floor and scored 10.1 points per game to go along with 7.0 rebounds. His high-scoring game came in an April 4 start when he scored 23 points across 37 minutes. Murray had a season-high 14 rebounds in a start against Toronto on Oct. 23. That game was one of his seven double-doubles, and he had a total of 12 games with 10 or more boards as he established himself as a strong rebounder for a guard.

2016

Murray was selected by the Spurs with the 29th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut against the Pelicans on Oct. 29, grabbing two rebounds and dishing one assist in nine minutes off the bench. Murray spent much of his rookie campaign with the Austin Spurs of the D-League. He started all 15 games that he played with Austin, averaging 35.1 minutes of run. Murray was impressive in D-League action, posting per-game averages of 17.2 points, 7.9 boards, 6.2 dimes and 2.0 steals. He also logged 38 games with San Antonio at the NBA level, averaging 8.5 minutes per contest. In the regular season, the 6-foot-4 guard posted per-game NBA averages of 3.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists. He exploded for a season-high 24 points against Denver on Jan. 19, making 7 of 11 shots from the field and converting all seven of his free-throw attempts. Murray appeared in 11 postseason contests for the Spurs, averaging 15.3 minutes per game. In the playoffs, he posted per-game averages of 5.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2016
    Drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1st round (29th pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft.
  • July 14, 2016
    Signed a two-year rookie contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
  • October 21, 2019
    Signed a four-year, $64 million contract extension with the San Antonio Spurs.
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Big things were expected from Murray last season after the Spurs moved on from Tony Parker at point guard. Murray had shown some promise in a starting role, averaging 10.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.6 steals over 48 games during the 2017-18 season. Unfortunately for him and the Spurs, their hopes of him putting together a productive full season as a starter went up in smoke when he suffered a torn ACL during the preseason. If there is a silver lining, it's that the injury happened so early that he should be completely healthy this season. The Spurs haven't made any moves to bring in more competition at the position, leaving him as the projected starter over Derrick White and Patty Mills. Don't count on him to provide volume in terms of three-pointers, but his ability to be an above-average contributor on the boards and defensively for a point guard should once again make him an intriguing fantasy option. It would also be nice to see him improve on his career 70.8% shooting from the charity stripe, which can be a drag on a fantasy squad coming from a guard spot.
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.
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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Subpar performance vs. Heat
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April 22, 2021
Murray recorded 11 points (4-14 FG, 3-8 3Pt), five rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 107-87 loss to the Heat.
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Picks up seven assists
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April 19, 2021
Murray totaled 11 points (4-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds and seven assists in a 109-94 victory over the Pacers on Monday.
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Triple-double in Friday's loss
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April 17, 2021
Murray scored 13 points (5-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding 11 rebounds, 10 assists and a steal in 33 minutes during Friday's loss to the Trail Blazers.
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Continues racking up steals
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April 14, 2021
Murray scored 11 points (4-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT) to go along with eight rebounds, four assists and three steals across 32 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Raptors.
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Solid all-around effort
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April 12, 2021
Murray had 17 points (6-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six assists, five rebounds and a steal across 28 minutes in Monday's win over the Magic.
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