Meet Troy Murphy

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#3 Troy Murphy
Height: 6-11 Weight: 245 Age: 26 School: Notre Dame
Scouting Report:

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.

Career Highlights:

  • 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

  • Contract Status:
    Signed through the 2010-11 season.
    Personal File:

  • 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.