[From the FanPosts, Man of Pace wants to make sure Troy Murphy's numbers so far this year don't divert your attention from the holes in his game as a starting power forward. -CR]
Troy Murphy should be convicted of fraud.
Double doubles mean big contracts in the NBA. Troy Murphy knows this very well, ask the Golden State GM Chris Mullin who signed him to his current deal, 6 yr $60+mil(only 3 year remaining), then ask him why he was traded, Would you move a guy who can get a double-double without even playing that well. Yes, was the reply from former Pacer Mullin who traded Murph 2 years ago. By my assessment, Mully came to this realization: Troy can't defend and has no offensive post game to justify the minutes his contract would demand.
The team is playing very hard and everyone enjoys watching the effort . Couple the close losses with the effort and we are forced as fans to analyze the problems. Teams took notice when we beat Boston and LA and I think other coaches see what I see. A rather large area to attack in the paint. I personally can't over look the fraud that is taking place, 20 & 20 is impressive and should lead to a win.
Here is a note from a Golden State fan. "On a playoff-caliber team, Murphy is not a starter. He'd make a good 6th or 7th man off the bench" Now we here in Indiana are making T-Murder a cornerstone of our team? No wonder when the game is on the line we are losing. The opponent throws the ball down low to the get high percentage shots, and then we settle for our perimeter game and lose by 8 to 10 points. I think Troy is trying to be Larry Bird but we have to remember Larry had McHale and Parrish in the post.
I know everyone on this site is tired of me bagging on T-Murder. These are the last of my derogatory statements about Troy. Until the end of the season by then someone in the Pacer front office will see the light and obtain a post presence (then we can rejoice together on our way to the playoffs) or they will remain delusional about these awesome numbers he is posting and end up top with a top 5 in the lottery pick next year.