In the early goings of the NBA D-League season, there have been plenty of up and coming rookies attempting to prove why they deserve attention. But despite a plethora of new faces, there are still a handful of familiar ones that are arguably even more deserving of (perhaps another) look from the NBA after putting in the time.
Toure Murry is undoubtedly one of those players. Suiting up for the Texas Legends this season, Murry has done nothing but pick up where he left off last season --- in essence, proving to be consistent and reminding NBA and D-League officials what he's all about.
What you see is what you get from Murry. In the D-League, he's obviously asked to score more than he would normally in The Association. When assessing whether or not a player can make an impact by doing all of the "dirty work," so many are fixated on such a task being done by a big man because of the necessary physicality that comes with along with it. But Murry is a perfect example of how a guard can excel by accomplishing similar things at his position.
Murry isn't the best shooter, and his driving ability will continue to improve as long as instincts (and perhaps some added confidence) do as well. Part of the reason why that is, is because Murry is a very unselfish player. When youngsters aim to prove they can fit in anywhere and contribute in ways other than scoring the basketball, sometimes they can be unselfish to a fault. Nevertheless, Murry truly stands out as a taller guard who can rebound the ball and create mismatches at multiple positions. He's a very good defender --- quick, agile, and pestering. His instincts on that end of the floor are much more polished.
During his rookie NBA season with the Knicks back in 2013-14, the guard played rather sparingly. Still, when he had the opportunity to play extended minutes (which, unfortunately wasn't very often), he excelled by moving the ball in the pick and roll. Such an ability has seemingly improved in the D-League.
Murry isn't a complete player per se, but as far as minor league players go, he's done much more than simply accomplish the expected goals. Aspiring NBA players are tasked with finding their respective niche in the D-League. He's certainly done so. With all that he's done (and figured out, thus far), there's no reason why Murry couldn't continue upon a path to becoming a Shaun Livingston-esque player if given ample opportunity, much like the fellow minor league alumni was, before him. At 6'5" and 195 pounds, he definitely looks the part. His numbers this season (14.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists through three contests) are another indicator.
What Murry does well, he does quite well. At 26 years old, he's more mature, not only than he was before, but also more so than some of his fellow D-League point guards are right now. In this case, age should be considered an asset. He deserves a sufficient look this season from an NBA team.