San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray did more than just elevate his game to starting-caliber level, but also managed to dethrone Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant as the youngest player to make an NBA All-Defensive Team.
The 21-year-old was name to the NBA's Second All-Defensive Team yesterday for his splendid play through limited minutes with the Spurs.
Despite taking over Tony Parker's mantle as the team's franchise point guard, Murray only played 21.5 minutes per game through 81 appearances (48 starts) with the team.
Dejounte Murray is now the youngest player to make an All-Defensive Team.
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His average of 1.2 steals per game bodes well for his minute allocation, as well as the 0.4 blocks per game as a 6-foot-5 point guard. Murray also put up a robust 5.7 rebounds per game. Those averages, while modest — would translate into 9.5 rebounds, 2.8 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game in a per-36-minute basis, according to Basketball-Reference.
Murray is expected to start from the onset next season, though he still has strides to make offensively, his defense is already at an elite tier for his position, showing even more signs of upside for his career trajectory.
At 21 years, eight months, and five days, he takes one of Bryant's many career accolades — putting this one proudly in the bag of many to come throughout his NBA journey.