Dejounte Murray of the Atlanta Hawks is admitting that last season didn’t go as planned.
But he is also warning the rest of the NBA: this year will be different.
Speaking to SiriusXM NBA Radio, Murray talked about last year’s “adjustment period” that featured the Hawks trying to find their identity.
“Last year, it was tough because it was a new situation for me,” he revealed.
But Murray then said that he and Trae Young are on the same page now, much more comfortable working together, and ready to prove a lot.
“This year, people get to see why Atlanta made that trade and even signed me to an extension,” Murray confidently said.
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) October 18, 2023
In his first season with the Hawks, Murray produced 20.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game.
Although he seemed comfortable on the court, the Hawks didn’t become the breakout sensation that fans had expected.
Instead, they were the seventh seed in the East and only made it into the first round of the playoffs.
While there is no doubt that the backcourt combination of Murray and Young can be explosive, they were clearly experiencing growing pains throughout the season.
Both of the men used to be the primary ball-handlers for their teams and they had to figure out how to share, work together, and collaborate for the greater good of the team.
Murray swears they have it sorted out and that this season will look much better than the last.
If Murray and Young really do begin working wonderfully together then the Hawks will put their last few troubled postseasons behind them and fly higher than ever before.NEXT: Trae Young Gets Honest On Hawks' Expectations This Season