So far in the 2021-22 NBA season, San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray has looked every bit the part of an all-star. If it were up to NBA ball-handling legend, Jamal Crawford, Murray’s name would already be etched in stone as a participant in this year’s game. While dribbling the ball up the court during Wednesday’s Spurs victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Murray delivered an insane between-the-legs pass that he made look unrealistically easy. In case you missed it, Crawford posted video evidence of the sorcery for the world’s enjoyment right here:
This guy is a problem. Beach, we got an all star. And the dribble 👀. If you know, you know. @DejounteMurray is special 🙌🏾💯 https://t.co/ubv09f6fNm
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) January 20, 2022
A lot of the NBA all-star game voting is based on the stats, but a good portion of it is based on narrative–something that Crawford has now started for Murray with his tweet. If it comes down to the stats, Murray should be good there as well. On the year, the Spurs guard has averaged 19.1 points, 8.3 assists (4th in the NBA), and 8.1 rebounds per game. The dynamic 25-year old out of the University of Washington is the only guard in the NBA to average more than 8.1 rebounds per game this season and he also averages two steals per game, leading the entire NBA in that category.
Despite a knee injury taking away his entire 2018-2019 season, Murray has seen his numbers rise in each of the five years that he has played in the league. When you combine his stats with the kind of ball-handling that he displayed today, it is easy to see why Crawford thinks Murray is an all-star…because he is.