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Troy Murphy

Troy Murphy
Murphy (right) with the Lakers
Personal information
Born (1980-05-02) May 2, 1980
Morristown, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
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
Pro career 2001–2012
Position Power forward / Center
Career history
20012007 Golden State Warriors
20072010 Indiana Pacers
2010–2011 New Jersey Nets
2011 Boston Celtics
2011–2012 Los Angeles Lakers
2012 Dallas Mavericks
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.[1] 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.[2] He is now a student at Columbia University.[3]


  • High school 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
    • Golden State Warriors 3.1
    • Indiana Pacers 3.2
    • New Jersey Nets 3.3
    • Trade to the Warriors 3.4
    • Boston Celtics 3.5
    • Los Angeles Lakers 3.6
    • Dallas Mavericks 3.7
  • Personal 4
    • Post-NBA 4.1
  • NBA career statistics 5
    • Regular season 5.1
    • Playoffs 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7

High school

Murphy was a three-time all-county and two-time All-State performer for the Delbarton School in Morristown and coach Dan Whalen.[4] 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..

College career

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 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). [2] Troy Murphy routinely baffled opposing players with a unique combination of dominating inside moves and a smooth lefty jump shot from three point range.

Professional career

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.

Indiana Pacers

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.[5] 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

On August 11, 2010, the Pacers traded Murphy to the New Jersey Nets in a four-team, five-player deal.[6]

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.[7] On February 27, Murphy and the Warriors reached a buyout agreement. He was waived in time to be playoff-eligible for a new team.[8][9]

Boston Celtics

Murphy with the Celtics

On March 2, 2011, Murphy signed with the Boston Celtics for the remainder of the 2010-11 NBA season.[10] On April 22, 2011, Murphy played in his first career playoff game, a first round game against the New York Knicks.

Los Angeles Lakers

On December 17, 2011, Murphy signed with the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2011-12 NBA season.[11] Over the season, he averaged 3.2 points in 16.2 minutes per game.

Dallas Mavericks

On November 2, 2012, Murphy signed with the Dallas Mavericks for the 2012–13 NBA season, replacing Eddy Curry.[12] He was waived on November 29 when Dallas signed guard Derek Fisher.[13]



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.[14] Despite having earned just under $70 million throughout his NBA career, according to, 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.[15]

NBA career statistics

Regular season

2001–02 Golden State 82 4 17.7 .421 .333 .776 3.9 .9 .4 .3 5.9
2002–03 Golden State 79 79 31.8 .451 .214 .841 10.2 1.3 .8 .4 11.7
2003–04 Golden State 28 0 21.8 .440 .294 .750 6.2 .7 .4 .6 10.0
2004–05 Golden State 70 69 33.9 .414 .399 .730 10.8 1.4 .8 .5 15.4
2005–06 Golden State 74 74 34.0 .433 .320 .787 10.0 1.4 .6 .4 14.0
2006–07 Golden State 26 17 25.7 .450 .373 .712 6.0 2.3 .8 .7 8.9
2006–07 Indiana 42 31 28.2 .461 .409 .772 6.1 1.6 .6 .6 11.1
2007–08 Indiana 75 61 28.1 .455 .398 .797 7.2 2.2 .7 .4 12.2
2008–09 Indiana 73 73 34.0 .475 .450 .826 11.8 2.4 .8 .5 14.3
2009–10 Indiana 72 69 32.6 .472 .384 .798 10.2 2.1 1.0 .5 14.6
2010–11 New Jersey 18 4 16.0 .342 .174 .529 4.2 .9 .4 .1 3.6
2010–11 Boston 17 0 10.5 .421 .100 .846 2.2 .4 .5 .1 2.6
2011–12 L.A. Lakers 59 0 16.2 .450 .418 .667 3.2 .9 .3 .3 3.2
2012–13 Dallas 14 1 18.3 .361 .314 .909 3.5 .5 .7 .4 4.6
Career 729 482 27.3 .445 .388 .785 7.8 1.5 .7 .4 10.8


2011 Boston 1 0 3.0 .000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2012 L.A. Lakers 4 0 3.8 1.000 1.000 .000 .8 .0 .0 .0 .8
Career 5 0 3.4 1.000 1.000 .000 .8 .0 .0 .0 .6


  1. ^ 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."
  2. ^ Stephenson, Colin. "Delbarton product Troy Murphy starts in Nets debut", The Star-Ledger, November 4, 2010. Accessed February 15, 2011.
  3. ^ Columbia Daily Spectator
  4. ^ 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."
  5. ^ "Pacers, Warriors announce 8-player deal". Associated Press. 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  6. ^ "Pacers get Collison from Hornets in 4-team trade". August 11, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Warriors Acquire Troy Murphy And 2012 Second Round Draft Pick From New Jersey".  
  8. ^ Kawakami, Tim (February 27, 2011). "Breaking news: Warriors buy out Troy Murphy (and why it’s a wise move)".  
  9. ^ "Warriors, Murphy reach buyout agreement".  
  10. ^ "Celtics Sign Troy Murphy | - The official website of the Boston Celtics". Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  11. ^ "Lakers Sign Troy Murphy". 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  12. ^ Tim MacMahon. "Mavs make Troy Murphy, Eddy Curry moves official". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  13. ^ "Mavericks sign free-agent guard Derek Fisher; Waive Troy Murphy". November 29, 2012. Archived from the original on November 29, 2012. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Buha, Jovan (March 26, 2015). "How Troy Murphy went from NBA millions to Columbia's dean's list". Fox Sports. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 

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