No, really, will he please stand up? We kind of need him. Well, Troy Murphy was targeted as the must have piece of the puzzle during the buyout crazed days of the 2010-2011 NBA season. What amounted to sleepless nights for many Celts fans, who waited to see if Murphy was going to pick the Miami Heat over the Boston Celtics, has not had the major impact we had all expected or has it?
Now, in fairness, Murphy had not played since early January and there is a big difference from being “in shape” and being “in game shape.”
Let’s take a closer look at what Troy Murphy has brought to the Green Team thus far:
In 7 games played, Murphy is averaging 10.8 minutes, 2.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Considering the sample size, Murphy’s numbers are pretty respectable for a player who is essentially getting back into the swing of the NBA season. In the last 2 games, Murphy grabbed 5 rebounds in 9 minutes vs New Jersey and grabbed 7 in 17 vs Milwaukee. Any points he adds is a bonus since the team is loaded with scorers. Murphy’s value is at its highest when he is able to grab rebounds whilst stretching the floor creating defensive mismatches.
By comparison, Glen “Big Baby” Davis is having an excellent season likely on his way to winning the NBA’s 6th Man award. Davis is averaging 29 minutes, 11.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game on the season. Troy Murphy is not far away from having this kind of impact for the Celtics. The rebounding is there and the points will likely follow as he get back into the swing of things. What was looking like a lost cause weeks ago is quickly turning into a formidable/respectable second unit for the Boston Celtics.
We all expect Troy Murphy to make an impact, however, his impact may not be something easily noticed from the box score. Keep in mind that every rebound he grabs, bucket he scores is a bucket scored and a rebound grabbed for the Celtics and not for the Miami Heat or any other NBA club.