By Marcus Thompson
Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 at 6:53 pm in Uncategorized.
If I’m Troy Murphy, I want to be traded.
I’f I’m Murphy, I’m ready for a new start. Forget this small ball stuff. Don Nelson, in effect, has neutralized the Murphy’s contributions. There was a time when you could count on 15 and 10 from Murphy. This year, he’s averaging 11 and 6 (though his assists are way up).
The fact is, Murphy is not a center in a small lineup. He’s a power forward in any lineup. This business of spotting him up and that’s it, it just doesn’t fit his game. He never gets to the line anymore, he hardly grabs an offensive rebound. He’s totally reliant on his teammates getting him the rock.
Murphy needs to be in a halfcourt system, or at least play for a team that likes to get the big men involved. He needs some plays run his way. At least Monty used to dump it down to him some, pick-and-pop him to death. Considering his defensive shortcomings, Murphy needs to be a factor on the offensive end to justify his minutes. As it stands now, he’s an after thought — which is why he’s sitting on the bench in the fourth quarter. There are ocassional games where he’ll go off for a big night — his shot will be falling, the defense will be focused elsewhere, his teammates will be looking for him. But those nights won’t be the regular. Not on this team. Not in this system.
That’s why, if I’m Murphy, I’d be hoping my locker is emptied out.