Dejounte Murray brings to the New York Knicks an additional scorer, facilitator and someone who has been an above average defender at the same time. Murray’s defense hasn’t been at the same level as when he was with the San Antonio Spurs, but the hope is that he will return when he joins a contending team if he is traded to one.
Having more to play for on a better team should make Murray bring more energy to that side of the basketball. On the season, the 27-year-old is averaging 21.2 points. 5.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists and he shoots 46.8% from the field. Murray is also shooting his best three-pointers in his career, shooting 36.8 percent on a career-high 6.2 attempts per game.
Bailey writes that creating him could be a key factor in the Knicks’ offense.
“The Knicks already have a lot of Brunson and Randle creations, but Murray would add another layer. And Brunson has a lot of experience sharing the ball from his years with Luka Dončić. Lineups with those three and a combination of Anunoby, Isaiah Hartenstein, Mitchell Robinson (assuming he can return before the playoffs), Hart and DiVincenzo would be deep and dynamic.