Rapid Reaction: Bulls draft Erik Murphy
June, 27, 2013
Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesFlorida's Erik Murphy shot 45.3 percent from three-point range last season.Here's a quick look at the Chicago Bulls' second-round selection (49th overall) in Thursday's NBA draft, Florida forward Erik Murphy:
The numbers: 6-foot-10, 240 pounds. Reach: 9'-0". Wingspan: 6'-11"
Strengths: An excellent three-point shooter, Murphy moves well for a big man as well.
Weaknesses: Not a strong defender and Murphy only averaged 5.5 rebounds a game at Florida.
What it means: After drafting a shooter in the first round with Tony Snell, the Bulls found another guy who can dial it up from long distance in Murphy. He connected on 45.3 percent of his three-pointers, shot 51.6 percent from the floor overall and averaged 12.5 points a game. Comparisons to the Spurs' Matt Bonner have been used to describe Murphy, and if he can prove to be a reliable shooter, he might eventually find a spot in the Bulls' rotation.