Ever wonder what happened to Chicago Bulls power forward and rookie Erik Murphy? Actually to be quite honest I completely forgot about him. To refresh your memory he is the son of former NBA player Jay Murphy and has nice shooting manuvers (that he hasn’t gotten to show off this season). Murphy is a second-round pick coming from the University of Florida. He has been sidelined for most of this season due to the filled spots at the power forward position.
This season so far Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson has been the Bulls’ healthiest guys and also happen to be be at the power forward position so that makes Murphy’s chances of getting into the rotation pretty slim. Even though Murphy hasn’t gotten much playing time Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau knows that the NBA is an ever-changing league, and knows that you can be on the bench one game, and be playing the next:
[Murphy has] done fine. I really like our rookies because of their attitude and approach. They have to constantly work, study, be ready. You never know when you get called upon. We’ve been so shorthanded that Murphy has played the three in practice for us,” Thibodeau explained. “Their job is to bring energy to practice, be great in practice, get here early, study. You never know how things unfold. DJ is a perfect example of that. He wasn’t playing at all and now all of a sudden he’s playing a lot. Things always change in this league.
We don’t know if Murphy will be getting any solid span of playing time. As far as I’m concerned I think Thibodeau should consider putting Boozer on the Bench, start Gibson, and let Murphy get some solid minutes in so we can see what he can do for this Bulls team! This game plan is definitely worth a shot. Have you seen how Boozer has been playing lately?!
Erik Murphy has only played in 16 games averaging 0.3 ppg, 0.3 rpg in 2.3 mpg with the Bulls this season.