DALLAS – Theoretically, Troy Murphy fills two glaring needs for the Mavericks.
“We need rebounding, we need shooting,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s a veteran guy that’s proven in both of those areas. We think he can help us.”
The 32-year-old Murphy has a heck of a track record in both departments. Just not recently.
The 6-foot-11, 245-pound Murphy has averaged double-digit rebounds in five of his 11 NBA seasons. However, he averaged only 3.2 rebounds per game the last two seasons as a lightly used reserve for the then-New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. He averaged a career-low 7.2 rebounds per 36 minutes for LA last season.
Murphy is a career 39 percent shooter from 3-point range, which is actually a tick better than Dirk Nowitzki. Murphy had by far the worst shooting year of his career in 2010-11, hitting only 15.2 percent of his 3-point attempts for the Nets and Celtics, although he bounced back from long range with the Lakers (41.8 percent).
Carlisle is quick to point out that Murphy was a double-double guy not long ago, averaging 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds for the Pacers in 2009-10. Murphy shouldn’t have a problem picking up the Mavs’ system, having played for Carlisle in 2006-07 and lead Mavs assistant Jim O’Brien the next three seasons.
“We know him personally,” Carlisle said. “He’s a good, solid guy and he wants to be here. We’ll get him integrated as quickly as possible and go from there.”