When it comes to handing out Golden State Warriors report cards for the 2006-2007 NBA season the professors here at GSoM leave no stone unturned.
That means these fellas and their bad hairdos will be graded.
Back in January there was of course that trade that brought the artist formerly known as T-Double's five and a half year run in the Bay to an end:
- Trade: Dun, Murphy, Diogu, McLeod for Harrington, S. Jackson, Jasikevicius
- The Warriors & Pacers Blockbuster Trade: Throwing Up W's and L's
- Basketball Obituaries -- Mike Dunleavy Jr. 2002-2007
- Dad's got my back!
- Warriors Head Coach Don Nelson Talks about the Blockbuster Trade
- Warriors-Pacers Blockbuster Trade Linkfest
- A Little Pacer Perspective on the Blockbuster Trade
- New Warrior Al Harrington Talks about the Trade
- Everyone's Talking About the Trade!
- GSoM Q&A with Matt Steinmetz - 01/18/07 (Part 1 of 2)
- A Reality Check on the Blockbuster Trade between the Warriors and Pacers
- GSoM Q&A with Marcus Thompson II - 01/30/07 (Part 1 of 2)
- Jon Barry on the Warriors and Pacers Trade
- Simulation Analysis of the Warriors-Pacers Blockbuster Trade
But before that Troy Murphy was struggling big time in his 26 games with the Warriors this season. Was it the injuries? Was it being too slow and unathletic for Nellieball? Was it the understandable frustration of being a daily feature in the NBA's rumor mill for over a year? Who knows, but TMurph went from being a fairly solid starting power forward, albeit with some glaring holes in his game, to bench material pretty fast.
It was sad that Murph didn't pan out for the Warriors this season because if there was anyone who could seemingly utilize a perimeter oriented 4, it was Coach Don Nelson. Here's what Nellie had to say about Murph way back in September before the season began [Nelson ready to shake up the Warrior]:
"He's a skill player who rebounds. He'll achieve career highs for me -- 10 rebounds, 20 points. He's difficult to guard. I'll move him to center, and I don't know which centers can guard him. We've got to agree to it -- otherwise it won't work. If he says `I'm not a center,' like Chris Webber did, it won't work."
I interrupted Nelson, couldn't help myself.
"Can Murphy guard centers?"
"No," Nelson shot back. "He can't guard forwards, either. We'll give him help."
Well things didn't exactly go according to plan and Nellie benched Murph fairly quickly, opting to start the erratic Mickael Pietrus and journeyman Matt Barnes. Unfortunately, it didn't seem like Murphy took the benching as a challenge or source for motivation. Any hunger he demonstrated during his first two years in the league as a fiery up and comer had seemingly vanished. The man just seemed to want out and probably justifiably so.
TMurphy's grades and more after the jump.
notice a trend here?
Overall Grade: D+
Also see Troy Murphy's 2005-2006 GSoM Report Card (C+)
This might be the only time I've seen him move laterally on defense.
Unfortunately after the trade to Indy, Troy didn't fare that much better than he did with the Dubs earlier this year. Instead of returning back to his double-double ways he only played 28:11 minutes per game and his rebounding rate actually dropped slightly. He made some noticeable increases in the shooting department percentage-wise (40.9% 3pt up from 37.3% with the Dubs and 77.2% FT over 71.2%), but after this dismal past season he's become the recipient of one of the NBA's most awful contracts.
How can you sport this intimidating mask and still be so... so...
(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
What do you think the future holds for Troy Murphy in the NBA? Will he ever return to his double-double form? Will the Warriors ever regret trading this jump-shooting power forward?
I'm putting my money on Troy pulling a Michael Jordan
and leaving hoops for a few years for the baseball diamond...
then returning to win 3 titles in a row!
2006-2007 GSoM Report Cards
- Chris Mullin & Rod Higgins (B+)
- Don Nelson (A+)
- Jason Richardson (B)
- Mickael Pietrus (C)
- Sarunas Jasikevicius (D+)
- Zarko Cabarkapa (F+)