Murphy (right) with the Lakers
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|
|2001–2007||Golden State Warriors|
|2010–2011||New Jersey Nets|
|2011–2012||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
Troy Brandon Murphy (born May 2, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player who last played for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Murphy was born in Morristown, New Jersey but grew up in Sparta Township located in northwest New Jersey. He attended the Delbarton School for four years before moving on to the University of Notre Dame, where he was a two-time consensus All-American before declaring himself for the 2001 NBA Draft. He is now a student at Columbia University.
- 1 High school
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Personal
- 5 NBA career statistics
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Murphy was a three-time all-county and two-time All-State performer for the Delbarton School in Morristown and coach Dan Whalen. 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..
Murphy played college basketball at the University of Notre Dame.
Murphy 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-America 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).  Troy Murphy routinely baffled opposing players with a unique combination of dominating inside moves and a smooth lefty jump shot from three point range.
Golden State Warriors
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 and 10 per game.
On January 17, 2007, Murphy was traded to the Indiana Pacers along with teammates Mike Dunleavy, Jr., Ike Diogu, and Keith McLeod for Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, and Josh Powell. While on the Pacers, Troy Murphy's three point shot has improved even more. Against the Utah Jazz on March 10, 2009, Murphy made seven out of his first eight three pointers in just the first half.
New Jersey Nets
Trade to the Warriors
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 Lakers
Murphy, who has been out of the league since 2013, is now an undergraduate student in the Columbia University School of General Studies, pursuing a degree in sociology. He has done exceptionally well, too, earning a 3.8 GPA and making the dean's list last semester, according to The New York Times. Despite having earned just under $70 million throughout his NBA career, according to Basketball-Reference.com, Murphy returned to school because he left Notre Dame after his junior season to go to the NBA and never earned his bachelor's degree.
NBA career statistics
|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
- 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."
- "Pacers, Warriors announce 8-player deal". Associated Press. 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2007-12-23.
- "Pacers get Collison from Hornets in 4-team trade". NBA.com. August 11, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- "Warriors Acquire Troy Murphy And 2012 Second Round Draft Pick From New Jersey". NBA.com. 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
- 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. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
- "Celtics Sign Troy Murphy | Celtics.com - The official website of the Boston Celtics". Nba.com. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
- "Lakers Sign Troy Murphy". Nba.com. 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
- Tim MacMahon. "Mavs make Troy Murphy, Eddy Curry moves official". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
- "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.
- Buha, Jovan (March 26, 2015). "How Troy Murphy went from NBA millions to Columbia's dean's list". Fox Sports. Retrieved April 8, 2015.