The Spurs guard is the youngest All-Defense Team winner at the age of 21 when he takes the award last 2017- 18 season. He beat the record only made by the late great legend Kobe Bryant.
Murray used his length, athleticism, and basketball knowledge to disrupt offensive run by opposing teams. Murray deflects passes or totally stoled it as he averages 1.7 per game ranks 7th best in the league with only under 25 minutes of playing time. Murray has a huge responsibility on defense as DeMar DeRozan and Bryn Forbes are starting together with him.
The last guard to win the defensive player of the year was Gary Payton in 1996. The Spurs had guys who are a three-time winner of the said award. Tim Duncan has the most defensive team selections at 15 times that never to win a defensive player of the year.
Offensively, Murray yet to be on his form as he needs to improve on his playmaking. But being a defensive stud put him on notice. In 2 games against the Rockets this season when he guarded James Harden, the former MVP went into 3 of 18 from the field. Murray can play honest defense, steal the ball, and chasing blocks.
The guard still young but that prowess defensively could lead him into the DPOY. Spurs being conservative to Murray’s health but he already played 58 out of 63 games this season which is a good sign. With probably a lot of changes for the Spurs next season, Murray will be on his form. The more minutes he gains, the scarier he is the better chance to be the best defensive guy in the league.