Dejounte Murray: 'I'm ready to lead. I'm ready to be the vocal point'
San Antonio Spurs' Dejounte Murray will be looking to take his game to a new level next season.
The third-year point guard spoke with "The Jeremy Mills Podcast" recently about what can people expect from him for the 2018-19 NBA season.
And first among his list is his willingness to lead the team and be more vocal.
"I'm putting in a lot of work. I'm watching a lot of film. I'm ready to lead, I'm ready to be the vocal point from offense to defense. I'm just ready to go starting with training camp.
With long time point guard Tony Parker now with the Hornets, Murray will have to the floor general more than ever next season. With Parker, there was a security blanket of having Tony's 17-seasons worth of NBA experience and that Spurs' corporate knowledge to lean on.
Now it'll be up to him to guide San Antonio and it starts with him looking to Head Coach Gregg Popovich.
"I'll ask Coach Pop whatever he needs me to do and whatever he needs me to do ... he's a legend. Obviously, he's going to have a plan."
He's a great, great part of my success that I've been having so far but I have a long way to go to where I want to go.
But it's not just Pop that has had an influence on Murray's growth on the court.
When it comes to Manu Ginobili, Murray calls him "business."
He's business. His name is Manu Ginobili but his name is 'business.' And what I mean by that is he never misses treatment, he never misses a workout, he's never late for nothing. He's always ready to lead, he's always bringing 'juice' to the game and he's a great dude. I love Manu to death. I hope he's still around but if I know if he does retire, he's still going to always be open for anybody who has questions, especially for a guy like me."
Last seson, Murray appeared in 81 games, including 48 starts, averaging 8.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.20 steals in 21.5 minutes. He led the team in steals 20 times, assists 24 times and in rebounds 13 times