He’s been a hard-fought rebounder, recently breaking the record for most rebounds in a season back in the 2008-09. He can also shoot well from behind-the-arc and down by the free-throw line.
Murphy is coming off a good season, with 14.6 PPG and 10.2 RPG. I’d say he shot decent with a 47.2 field-goal percentage. What is a problem with Murphy is that he tends to shoot from the three-point line a bit too much.
He shot a not-so-acceptable 38.4% from behind-the-line. It seems that he is acting like he is a shooting guard stuck in a power forward/center’s body at 6’11” and 245 pounds. Murphy either needs to calm down with the three’s or just keep practicing and improving in the off-season.
Along with that, everything else is fine. He can rebound and score and has a passion for playing with this team. When the Pacers tried to trade him, Murphy didn’t care. He still played hard game-in and game-out and didn’t complain.
His free-throw percentage is acceptable for his position, shooting about 80% at the line.
Now entering the off-season, what will the Pacers now do with Murphy? Since those trade rumors came up during the deadline, do the Pacers need him? They have Tyler Hansbrough, who’ll most likely have to be a starter in the next few years.
Is Larry Bird trying to ship him out? Maybe. The Pacers could trade him for extra draft picks or pick up some player to which team they trade him to. Could there be a possible sign-and-trade deal?
The Pacers could very well in fact do this.
My opinion is different, though. The Pacers need to keep Murphy in order to succeed. Keep him for at least one more year if you guys don’t need him. Just for one more year. Though the 2010 NBA Free Agency is big for a lot of teams, the 2011 Free Agency period is where it’s at for the Pacers.
How so? There’s a possibility of shopping Amare Stoudemire during that time and players the Pacers need and have a chance at getting with the new cap room rules intact recently.
Keep Murphy for another year and let him produce. He’s a quality PF for the team and shipping him out for this year will just be a very dumb mistake. Indy is looking to a good draft and Murphy is needed to stay in order for a possible eighth seed in the playoffs.
So Indy, keep Troy Murphy. You never what might happen with No. 3.