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No. 5 – San Antonio Spurs
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1996-09-19) September 19, 1996 (age 21)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school Rainier Beach (Seattle, Washington)
College Washington (2015–2016)
NBA draft 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career 2016–present
Career history
2016–present San Antonio Spurs
2016–2017Austin Spurs
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Dejounte Murray (born September 19, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for the Washington Huskies, where he earned second-team all-conference honors in the Pac-12 as a freshman in 2015–16. He was selected by the Spurs in the first round of the 2016 NBA draft with the 29th overall pick.

High school and college career[edit]

Murray attended Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, Washington.[1]

As a freshman at the University of Washington in 2015–16, Murray was named second-team All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Freshman Team[2] after averaging 16.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals in 33.5 minutes while starting all 34 games.[3]

On March 23, 2016, Murray declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.[4][5]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Washington 34 34 33.5 .416 .288 .663 6.0 4.4 1.8 .3 16.1

Professional career[edit]

San Antonio Spurs (2016–present)[edit]

2016–2017 season[edit]

On June 23, 2016, Murray was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 29th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.[6] He joined the Spurs for the 2016 NBA Summer League,[7] and on July 14, he signed his rookie scale contract with the team.[8] On October 29, 2016, in the Spurs' third game of the 2016–17 season, Murray made his NBA debut. In just under nine minutes off the bench, he recorded two rebounds and one assist in a 98–79 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.[9] On January 12, 2017, he scored a season-high 10 points in a 134–94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.[10] He surpassed that mark on January 19, scoring 24 points in a 118–104 win over the Denver Nuggets.[11] He became the youngest player in Spurs history to score at least 24 points, breaking Tony Parker's record.[12] During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.[13]

On May 5, 2017, with Tony Parker ruled out for the rest of the playoffs with a leg injury, the Spurs opted to start Murray at point guard in Game 3 of their second-round series against the Houston Rockets.[14] He scored two points in 15 minutes, as the Spurs took a 2–1 lead in the series with a 103–92 win.[15] He helped the Spurs clinch the series against the Rockets with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in a Game 6 win. He became just the fourth rookie in Spurs history to record a point/rebound double-double in a playoff game, joining David Robinson, Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard.[16] The Spurs went on to lose to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

2017–2018 season[edit]

In the Spurs' season opener on October 18, 2017, Murray had 16 points, five rebounds and two assists while starting in place of Parker in a 107–99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[17] Five days later, he recorded 14 rebounds in a 101–97 win over the Toronto Raptors. In the Spurs' previous game against the Chicago Bulls, Murray hauled in 10 rebounds. Murray became just the second Spurs point guard to have multiple double-digit rebounding performances in the same season—Rod Strickland had two double-digit rebounding games in the 1989–90 season.[18] On December 9, 2017, he tied his career high with 14 rebounds in a 104–101 win over the Phoenix Suns.[19] On January 21, 2018 against the Indiana Pacers, Murray started over long-time Spurs starting point guard Tony Parker as a coach's decision by Gregg Popovich. Murray had eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and four turnovers in 28 minutes in a 94–86 loss.[20] Two days later, he had 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals in his second start since replacing a healthy Tony Parker, helping the Spurs defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 114–102.[21] On February 3, 2018, in a 120–111 loss to the Utah Jazz, Murray became the first player since Kawhi Leonard with 500 points and 300 rebounds in his first 100 games with the Spurs.[22] On March 19, 2018, in an 89–75 win over the Warriors, Murray had eight rebounds to set the franchise record for rebounds in a single season by a point guard. Murray reached 385 rebounds in 1,436 minutes, surpassing Johnny Moore's total of 378 collected in 2,689 minutes.[23] In Game 4 of the Spurs' first-round playoff series against the Warriors, Murray was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers in the first half, the most 3s made in the playoffs without a miss by a Spurs player since Steve Kerr (2003) and Patty Mills (2014) were 4 for 4 in a half.[24] On May 23, 2018, the NBA announced that Murray had been named to the 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive Second Team.[25]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 San Antonio 38 8 8.5 .431 .391 .700 1.1 1.3 .2 .2 3.4
2017–18 San Antonio 81 48 21.5 .443 .265 .709 5.7 2.9 1.2 .4 8.1
Career 119 56 17.4 .441 .316 .708 4.2 2.3 .9 .3 6.6

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017 San Antonio 11 2 15.3 .377 .000 .680 2.5 2.5 1.5 .1 5.7
2018 San Antonio 5 5 19.2 .452 .667 .778 4.2 1.8 1.0 .4 7.8
Career 16 7 16.5 .402 .444 .706 3.0 2.3 1.3 .2 6.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allen, Percy (July 14, 2015). "Dejounte Murray already trying to help lead the way for UW men's basketball". SeattleTimes.com. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ "2015-16 Pac-12 Men's Basketball All-Conference Honors". Pac-12.com. March 7, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ Allen, Percy (March 29, 2016). "UW Huskies' Dejounte Murray signs with LeBron James' agency, agent Rich Paul". SeattleTimes.com. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Marquese Chriss, Dejounte Murray are one-and-done at Washington". ESPN.com. March 23, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ Allen, Percy (March 23, 2016). "Washington's Dejounte Murray and Marquese Chriss declare for NBA draft". SeattleTimes.com. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  6. ^ "SPURS SELECT DEJOUNTE MURRAY IN FIRST ROUND OF 2016 NBA DRAFT". NBA.com. June 23, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2016. 
  7. ^ "SPURS ANNOUNCE 2016 UTAH SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER". NBA.com. July 1, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  8. ^ "SAN ANTONIO SIGNS FIRST ROUND PICK DEJOUNTE MURRAY". NBA.com. July 14, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Dejounte Murray 2016-17 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Leonard scores 31 points, Spurs rout Lakers 134-94". ESPN.com. January 12, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Leonard has 34, Spurs overcome Gasol's injury to top Nuggets". ESPN.com. January 19, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2017. 
  12. ^ Wilco, J.R. (January 20, 2017). "Dejounte Murray breaks Tony Parker's rookie record". poundingtherock.com. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  13. ^ "2016-17 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved December 22, 2016. 
  14. ^ Feigen, Jonathan (May 5, 2017). "Spurs' Dejounte Murray starts in place of Tony Parker". Chron.com. Retrieved May 6, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Aldridge steps up to help Spurs down Rockets 103-92". ESPN.com. May 5, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017. 
  16. ^ Orsborn, Tom (May 12, 2017). "Murray, other youngsters answered call for shorthanded Spurs". ExpressNews.com. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Aldridge's double-double leads Spurs by Timberwolves, 107-99". ESPN.com. October 18, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2017. 
  18. ^ Perez, Javi (October 25, 2017). "Dejounte Murray is playing ridiculous basketball to start the season". kens5.com. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Depleted Spurs beat Suns for 8th win in 9 games". ESPN.com. December 9, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Oladipo's 19 leads Pacers, snapping Spurs' home streak". ESPN.com. January 21, 2018. Retrieved January 21, 2018. 
  21. ^ "LeBron gets 30,000, but Spurs beat slumping Cavs 114-102". ESPN.com. January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2018. 
  22. ^ "Rubio's season-high 34 leads Jazz by Spurs, 120-111". ESPN.com. February 3, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2018. 
  23. ^ "Aldridge's double-double fuels Spurs by Warriors, 89-75". ESPN.com. March 19, 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2018. 
  24. ^ "Ginobili, Aldridge help Spurs beat Warriors to avoid sweep". ESPN.com. April 22, 2018. Retrieved April 22, 2018. 
  25. ^ "DEJOUNTE MURRAY NAMED TO NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM". NBA.com. May 23, 2018. Retrieved May 23, 2018. 

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