Troy Brandon Murphy (born May 2, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player who played twelve seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Murphy was born in Morristown, New Jersey but grew up in Sparta Township. He attended the Delbarton School and the University of Notre Dame, both Roman Catholic schools. At Notre Dame, he was a two-time consensus All-American before declaring himself for the 2001 NBA Draft. He has since graduated from Columbia University.
Murphy (right) with the Lakers
|Born||May 2, 1980|
Morristown, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||Delbarton School|
(Morristown, New Jersey)
|College||Notre Dame (1998–2001)|
|NBA draft||2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall|
|Selected by the Golden State Warriors|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Number||1, 3, 7, 30, 14, 6|
|2001–2007||Golden State Warriors|
|2010–2011||New Jersey Nets|
|2011–2012||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||7,860 (10.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||5,708 (7.8 rpg)|
|Assists||1,088 (1.5 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
This section relies largely or entirely on a single source. (January 2018)
His breakout year was as a sophomore when he averaged 20.5 points per game and 11.8 rebounds, earning first team all-county honors. He followed up his sophomore year with a successful junior campaign, averaging 23.5 points and 10.5 rebounds and All-State honors. His senior year would be his most successful season as he led Delbarton to a 20–6 record and the state quarterfinals.
For the season he averaged 33.0 points per game (on 56.8 percent shooting), to lead the state in scoring along with 14.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game. At the end of the season he was named Morris County Player of the Year by the Newark Star-Ledger and the most valuable player for his team at the prestigious Capital Classic in Washington, D.C.
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Murphy played college basketball at the University of Notre Dame. He led the Irish in scoring and rebounding in each of his three seasons, averaging 21.8 points and 9.2 rebounds during the 2000–01 campaign. A consensus first-team All-American as a junior and sophomore, he is one of 10 Irish players to earn consensus All-American honors (which includes six players named on more than one occasion).
Murphy shared Big East Conference Player of the Year honors with Troy Bell of Boston College in 2001 and joined an elite group of four players—Chris Mullin (St. John's), Patrick Ewing (Georgetown) and Richard Hamilton (Connecticut)—as the only two-time winners of the award. He was named to the John R. Wooden Award All-America Team for the second consecutive year, finished fifth in the balloting for the Wooden Award and was among the top three finalists for the Naismith player-of-the-year honor. A first-team all-Big East selection for two seasons, Murphy also was named the Big East Rookie of the Year in 1999.
He became just the fifth player in Notre Dame history to score more than 2,000 career points and finished his career fifth on the all-time scoring list with 2,011 points. Murphy is the only player to score more than 2,000 points and grab more than 900 rebounds (924) in 94 career games. He left Notre Dame with career averages of 21.4 points and 9.8 rebounds. Murphy was a starter in 93 games during his career and scored in double figures in 92 of those 94 contests.
In addition to finishing fifth on the all-time career scoring list, upon his departure from the University, he ranked second in blocked shots (126), free throws made (587) and free throws attempted (755), sixth in rebounding and field goals made (680) and ninth in field goals attempted (1,370).
On January 23, 2016, Murphy was inducted into Notre Dame's Ring of Honor.
Golden State WarriorsEdit
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Murphy was selected 14th overall in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. After starting slowly, he showed promise toward the end of the season. He realized this promise in his second pro season, averaging a double-double – 11.7 pts and 10.2 boards – and finishing second in Most Improved Player voting. He also started the Rookie Challenge as the Sophomores' power forward. However, his three-point shooting that was a huge part of his college success was nearly absent, as he only attempted 14 three-pointers during the year, making five. He spent the next offseason working extensively on his outside shooting; however, he never got much of a chance to test out his new jumper in 2003–04 after a series of injuries limited him to 28 games, with no starts.
However, he did attempt 17 threes in those games. With that part of his arsenal seemingly ready to go, Murphy spent the following offseason working on strength and conditioning as he looked to be a more well-rounded and complete player. While he had one injury scare the next season, he played in 70 games, and rediscovered his three-point shot, attempting nearly three per game. He averaged 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds and finished 22nd in Western Conference All-Star voting that year. His numbers dropped off slightly in 2005–06 to 14.0 and 10.0 per game.
On January 17, 2007, Murphy was involved in an 8-player trade that sent him, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Ike Diogu, and Keith McLeod to the Indiana Pacers for Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, and Josh Powell. During his time with the Pacers, Murphy's three-point shot improved even more. Against the Utah Jazz on March 10, 2009, Murphy made seven out of his first eight three-pointers in the first half.
New Jersey NetsEdit
Trade to the WarriorsEdit
On February 23, 2011, the Warriors reacquired Murphy and a second round pick in exchange for Brandan Wright and Dan Gadzuric. On February 27, Murphy and the Warriors reached a buyout agreement. He was waived in time to be playoff-eligible for a new team.
On March 2, 2011, Murphy signed with the Boston Celtics for the remainder of the 2010-11 NBA season. On April 22, 2011, Murphy played in his first career playoff game, a first-round game against the New York Knicks.
Los Angeles LakersEdit
Murphy earned $66,000,000 in his NBA career. He then attended the Columbia University School of General Studies, pursuing a degree in sociology. Murphy maintained a 3.8 GPA and made the dean's list, according to The New York Times. He has since graduated.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Brown, Clifton. "COLLEGE BASKETBALL; The Irish Pound Rutgers To Win Eighth in a Row", The New York Times, February 15, 2001; accessed October 4, 2008. "It was a happy homecoming for Notre Dame's star junior forward, Troy Murphy (18 points, 5 rebounds), a native of Sparta, N.J."
- Stephenson, Colin. "Delbarton product Troy Murphy starts in Nets debut", The Star-Ledger, November 4, 2010; accessed February 15, 2011.
- Columbia Daily Spectator (April 27, 2014). "Troy Murphy, former NBA player, talks transition into Columbia life" – via YouTube.
- Noie, Tom. "Notre Dame's Dynamic Duo – Troy Murphy and Ruth Riley expected to boost both the men's and women's basketball teams at Notre Dame", Basketball Digest, January 2001; accessed May 29, 2007.
"Such push stems from Murphy's high school days at the exclusive Delbarton School in Morristown, N.J."
- "Murphy Declares For The Draft".
- "Pacers, Warriors announce 8-player deal". Associated Press. January 17, 2007. Retrieved December 23, 2007.
- "Pacers get Collison from Hornets in 4-team trade". NBA.com. August 11, 2010. Archived from the original on May 30, 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- "Warriors Acquire Troy Murphy And 2012 Second Round Draft Pick From New Jersey". NBA.com. February 23, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
- Kawakami, Tim (February 27, 2011). "Breaking news: Warriors buy out Troy Murphy (and why it's a wise move)". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
Murphy had to be waived before Tuesday to remain eligible for a playoff roster on a new team. CLARIFICATION: There is a later deadline for signing with a new team.
- "Warriors, Murphy reach buyout agreement". NBA.com. Associated Press. February 28, 2011. Archived from the original on March 3, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
- "Celtics Sign Troy Murphy". Nba.com. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
- "Lakers Sign Troy Murphy". NBA.com. December 18, 2011. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
- Tim MacMahon. "Mavs make Troy Murphy, Eddy Curry moves official". Espn.go.com. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
- "Mavericks sign free-agent guard Derek Fisher; Waive Troy Murphy". nba.com. November 29, 2012. Archived from the original on November 29, 2012.
- Ken, Andrew (March 25, 2015). "A Big Man in the N.B.A., but Not on Campus at Columbia". The New York Times. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
- Profile, businessinsider.com; accessed January 2, 2018.