Troy Murphy, originally from New Jersey, attended the University of Notre Dame from 1999 -2001. While there, Murphy used his polished post game and silky smooth jumper to dominate the opposition. Murphy was a two time consensus first-team All-American, and was named the Big East Player of the Year following both his sophomore and junior seasons; joining former Indianapolis hoops player Chris Mullin, along with Patrick Ewing, and Richard Hamilton as the only other players in conference history to win the award twice. Murphy left South Bend after his junior year, and was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the 14th pick in the 2001 NBA Draft.
After a rocky rookie season, Murphy, or “Horse” as he’s sometimes called, made a name for himself by averaging a double-double (11.7 PPG, 10.2 RPG) in his second season. The former Irish star spent the next three-and-a-half years in relative obscurity, honing his skills on mediocre-to-bad Warriors teams.
He was traded to the Indiana Pacers in January of 2007 in a deal that brought Indiana Mike Dunleavy Jr., Ike Diogu, Keith McLeod, and Murphy. In return, the Pacers sent Indianapolis sports fan favorite Al Harrington, along with Stephen Jackson, Sarunas Jasikevicius, and Josh Powell to Golden State.
In what would become a common occurrence, Murphy notched a double-double in his first game sporting a Pacers uniform. The 6’11” power forward really started to find his comfort zone in Jim O’Brien‘s offense near the end of the 2007-08 season, and last season marked the best thus far in Murphy’s career.
He became the only player in NBA history to finish among the Top Five in both rebounding and three-point field goal percentage, and his 861 rebounds were a Pacers single season record. His 48 double-doubles were also a team record, and he recorded just the 17th 20 point, 20 rebound game in franchise history. On an early March night in downtown Indianapolis, Murphy hit seven three-pointers against Utah, tying a Conseco Fieldhouse record.
In 2009-10, Murphy will team with Danny Granger as leaders of the new-look Pacers.