The Florida Gators have had some solid NBA players come through in the past decade or so. The Chicago Bulls are hoping that Erik Murphy will end up like fellow Gator big man, Joakim Noah and produce exponentially.
However, I’m here to tell you that Murphy will not be that guy. In his three seasons at Florida, he showed a bit of scoring skills, but his rebounding– as a forward/center– was extremely lacking. Averaging just 5.5 rebounds per game as a 6-foot-10, 238-pound big man is just not NBA-quality.
Murphy was not necessarily a stretch, but he won’t be the producer that many fans and the Chicago Bulls organization hope he will be. While the No. 49 pick in the draft can’t really be described as a disappointment, it can still be a little questionable due to the players still on the board.
Colton Iverson would have been a solid pick-up for the Bulls at this position, having produced and rebounded far better than Murphy, but there are always guys who over-achieve in the NBA.
Murphy may prove me wrong, but as of right now, I can’t see this guy being anything but an end-of-the-bench or even a D-League type of player with a shot at making the team as a 12th roster spot guy.
The second-round pick is the least of the Bulls’ worries as they are just hoping to get Derrick Rose back to full health for the 2013-14 season and contend for another title. Don’t worry fans, this doesn’t help, nor does it hurt, this team as a whole.
In my opinion, wasted pick, but he may not even make the squad.