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Gregg Popovich tells Dejounte Murray to be greedy on defense

Dejounte Murray

San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray had a terrific season opener on the offensive end against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He went 7-of-8 from the field for 16 points and also added five rebounds.

But because Murray plays for Gregg Popovich, defense remains a priority. According to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs coach has told the second-year guard to get greedy on defense.

While not the greatest athlete, Dejounte Murray’s size and length give him the potential to be a very good defender, especially in a system as rock solid as the Spurs’. That additional length playing next to an elite defensive player in Kawhi Leonard can make San Antonio even better on that end of the court.

To Murray’s credit, he’s taken some of Gregg Popovich’s words to heart. He came up with five steals and seven blocks through four preseason games, and picked up a couple of swipes and a swat against the Timberwolves.

The Spurs are expecting Dejounte Murray to play a bigger role at the point guard position in his second season as they await the return of veteran Tony Parker from his quad injury. His offense figures to come in time with more experience, but with more aggressive defensive play, he can quickly become a more valuable piece to the Spurs’ puzzle.