Entering the weekend, an NBA D-League team source told DLeagueDigest.com that Kevin Murphy might be the next NBA Call-Up from the Idaho Stampede. After dropping 85 points against the Los Angeles D-Fenders this weekend, perhaps Murphy is NBA Call-Up worthy?
Murphy is no stranger to the NBA D-League, before joining the Idaho Stampede this season, Murphy played in 11 games with the Reno Bighorns on assignment from the Utah Jazz last year. He averaged 13.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists with the Bighorns.
In 11 games for the Stampede, Murphy has averaged 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists in 32.2 minutes.
On the heels of his 51-point performance, Idaho Stampede head coach Mike Peck was impressed by Murphy’s defensive commitment, which was sparked by some extra motivation according to Peck.
“I think one thing that’s worth mentioning with regards to last night’s game is how he approached the defensive end of the floor in the fourth quarter. While playing 47 minutes, I thought he gave tremendous effort in fighting over screens and contesting shooters. I think he took Terrence Williams’ performance the night before a bit personal.” Peck said.
Murphy’s role within Peck’s rotation has grown tremendously, and for good reason. Murphy adds a unique slasher element that was missing prior to his arrival. His NBA two guard size makes it difficult for teams to defend as well.
“Kevin gives us a player with the ability to consistently and effectively attack the basket, score from the mid-range and also knock down 3′s. That has and will continue to help keep defenses honest and open up opportunities for our other players on the floor.” Peck added.
After going scoreless in Idaho’s win against Santa Cruz back on January 18, Murphy has scored 20 or more points in five straight contests. The former Tennessee Tech standout is in a groove, and might be on track to getting another opportunity in the NBA.