Dejounte Dashaun Murray is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.
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.
Dejounte Murray: Childhood, Background Issues, Trouble, Gang
He grew up on truly mean streets—he’d heard stories that his great-grandmother was in a gang—and for a time it looked like he might be dying.
But after devoting himself to basketball, the defensive stopper is on the verge of becoming the new face of the NBA’s most iconic franchise.
Murray organizes half-court sets with precision (his turnover rate is down significantly this season), crashes the glass like an old-school bruiser, and has a serious understanding of what it means to lead, qualities that contradict the Baby Boy sobriquet his grandmother gave him when the John Singleton film Baby Boy came out.
Murray was an integral part of San Antonio’s present and future, a lanky, old-school quarterback who uses his panoramic view of the court to routinely make the play his team needs instead of the one he wants.
Murray’s progress has yet to eclipse some of the holes in his game, including the fact that he is yet to blossom into a skilled scorer.
But the path he took to get to where he is was, he was set in a winning position and ever since he made it (most notably in the form of a torn ACL in October 2018), defects can be understood. Each year, however, the gap between Murray’s strengths and shortcomings narrows considerably.
Today, he is San Antonio’s most important building block, currently in production with two-sided what may still barely be his final roof.
“This is my first year in the NBA, free to play, you know,” says Murray. “Coach pops, he let me off the leash a little.”
To compare Murray to the rest of the league, in the last 10 years leading up to this season, only 11 players scored at least 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists per game for the entire season.
Dejounte Murray had discussed about his tough upbringing, gang affiliation, and a change that led him to the part of NBA. during an interview. He claimed that he spent three or four years in juvenile detention centers.
And, he felt that there was no way out. He would be overwhelmed when he looked out the window of his Rainier Beach High School classroom window as a freshman.
He would see murder happening in the streets and would hear the siren of the ambulance. He was exposed to street fights, substance use, and crime from a young age.