After getting the starting nod to begin the new season, San Antonio Spurs' Dejounte Murray now finds himself on the bench.
Murray started the season hot, scoring 16 points opening night versus Minnesota then followed it up with another 16 point outing and 14 rebounds against Toronto. However, his hot start cooled and ultimately was benched in favor of Patty Mills and now with Tony Parker back from injury, his minutes have been limited.
But that isn't stopping Murray to show his worth.
With Parker out of the team's recent game against the Thunder, Murray scored 17 points and snagged 11 rebounds in 39 minutes.
“I was just out there learning, competing and trying to show that I have been working to get better, no matter if I am playing or not," said Murray. "I’m staying focused."
In the loss to the Thunder, he was faced with the task of being matched up with the reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and held his own while chalking it up to a learning experience.
Said Head Coach Gregg Popovich after the Thunder game about Murray's play, "Just getting used to what it feels like out there, especially against somebody like Russell. That's quite an education for a young man to be out there with him. That was good for him."
Murray will have to keep on showing he is the heir apparent to the point guard throne. His potential is high, he has the right attitude and he's focused on showing the team he can lead the Spurs if given the call.
"I’m just trying to lead and show the coaches that I am a point guard, I can lead and that I am learning and getting better. That’s what it’s all about, just getting better every day," said Murray. "I love the game of hoop, so it doesn’t matter if I don’t play 20 games. I am ready to hoop. That’s just who I am.”