#3 Troy Murphy
Height: 6-11 Weight: 245 Age: 26 School: Notre Dame
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One of the best defensive rebounders in the NBA for the previous four seasons, he also has a solid offensive game and could challenge for the starting center spot. ... Is a threat facing the basket because of a dependable jump shot that has 3-point range. ... Not considered a pure low-post banger, defensively. ... Above-average ballhandling skills for a player of his size and strength. ... His offensive skills should mesh very well with Jermaine O'Neal and create space for the Pacers' top scorer on the post.
One of only six players in the NBA in 2005-06 to average a points-rebounds double-double
Ranked sixth in NBA in rebounding, eighth in defensive rebounding, 14th in offensive rebounding and 11th in double-doubles with 34
Has six career games with at least 20 rebounds
Has 23 career games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds
Ranked fifth in NBA in rebounding in 2004-05 as well as 10th in double-doubles (34).
Missed 54 games in 2003-04 due to a plantar fascia tear in his right foot
Only player in the NBA in 2002-03 to improve both his scoring and rebounding averages by at least 5.0 per game, he finished third in balloting for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award
Averaged 21.4 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.20 spg and 1.34 bpg in 94 career games at Notre Dame, 93 of which he started
Big East Player of the Year following both his sophomore and junior seasons and is one of just five players in conference history to win the award twice--joining Chris Mullin (St. John’s), Patrick Ewing (Georgetown), Richard Hamilton (Connecticut) and Troy Bell (Boston College)
Only player in school history to amass 2,000 points and 900 rebounds (924) in his career
As a sophomore, became first consensus First-Team All-America at Notre Dame since Adrian Dantley in 1975-76
Signed through the 2010-11 season.
Full name is Troy Brandon Murphy
Nickname is “Horse”
The only child of Jim and Christine Murphy
Jim, who resides in Sparta, New Jersey, is a school teacher and Christine, who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a retired P.E. teacher and tennis coach
Lists “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss as his favorite book
Enjoys reading US Magazine and watching Elimidate
Best advice he ever received was “to work hard if you want to be good”
Considers his greatest achievement as being drafted into the NBA
Lists his parents as the people he most admires
Favorite foods are Italian and Gatorgum
Wears size 16 Nike basketball shoes.