With Wednesday's blockbuster trade, there has been a lot of justifiable excitement about the Pacer's acquisitions of Darren Collison and James Posey. I am wholeheartedly in favor of the trade and can't wait to see the team on the floor next season.
One thing which hasn't been discussed much among the optimistic excitement, is the loss of Troy Murphy. Murphy was shopped last season, and it isn't surprising to see him being moved this summer. However, I wanted to take a few minutes to say thank you to Murphy for the three and a half season he spent as a Pacer.
The Pacers have not been very successful during his time here, but it's certainly not for a lack of production on his part. In his three full seasons in Indiana, Murphy averaged 14.8 Pts/G, 10.5 Reb/G and 2.4 Ast/G, while shooting 46.8% from the field, 41.3% on 3PTs and 79.4% on FTs. Murphy's DRB% over those three seasons was 28.1% trailing only Carlos Boozer, Dwight Howard, Joel Pryzbilla and Marcus Camby. Over that span Murphy made 383 3PTs, good for 20th in the NBA. His 41.3% on 3PTs was good for 11th in the league over the same time frame.
Murphy is a player with athletic and defensive limitations, but he played hard and he played smart for Indiana. He knew his limitations, played within himself and played to his strengths. In a time of turmoil for Indiana, he was a player who could be counted on. The Nets are getting a solid, productive and professional NBA player.
I'm excited about the future of the team, but sad to see him go. Thanks for all your hard work in Indiana. I wish you the best of luck in New Jersey next year Murph!