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Dejounte Murray makes his case as the Spurs’ future leader

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There may not be a passing of the torch as much as a steal and a fast break.

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There are so many reasons to love the Spurs. It seems every night there is a new stat to chart the growth of the Silver & Black. Whether it’s Patty Mills showcasing his 3-point prowess, or witnessing Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan as they climb their way up the all-time scoring list, the veterans careers have shined.

As for the youngsters, Keldon Johnson has hit some milestones on par with Tim Duncan and David Robinson when it comes to early stages of his career.

Dejounte Murray has also become essential to the Spurs success. Already an exquisite rebounding guard, #5 hit a milestone landing him on a list of one.

Last night in Denver, Murray dished out his 800th assists making him the only player in Spurs history to score 2,000 points, pull 1,200 rebounds, and hand out 800 assists in just 235 games.

As the Spurs teeter on the brink of missing a second consecutive postseason, their future with DeMar DeRozan unsure heading into next season, Dejounte’s ascension as the leader of the Spurs becomes imminent. He’s averaging career highs in points, assists, and rebounds while directing traffic and setting tempo for the Silver & Black.

Tony Parker saw it years ago and stepped back as a result. But an unfortunate injury contributed to a lost season in Murray’s career. He took some time getting back to form. It is apparent now he’s not done fine tuning.

As is stands, Dejounte is disruptive on defense and makes his teammates better on offense.

A sure sign Spurs fans are that much closer to witnessing the the storm that slowly brews in San Antonio.

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