Yet another former Bulls player that didn’t get a whole lot of game action during his time in the Windy City is the French 6-foot-10 and 230 pound center and Florida Gators product Erik Murphy. The former second round pick (49th overall) in the 2013 NBA Draft of the Bulls was part of a not great rookie class in Chicago.
Murphy joined up with shooting guard Tony Snell to form the Bulls 2013 draft class. That might be the least impactful draft class of any for the Bulls throughout the last decade.
Granted a lot of second round picks will get a very limited shot to make it big in the NBA, like Murphy. The Bulls only let Murphy play in 24 games in his rookie season before he would play most of the rest of his professional hoops career to date overseas.
Murphy did also have brief stints in the NBA G/D-League over the course of the last decade, both with the Austin Spurs and Oklahoma City Blue. The last team that he played for overseas was Baxi Manresa in LIGA ACB over in Spain. He hasn’t played any professional basketball domestically or overseas in this calendar year.
However, in his 24 games with the Bulls, Murphy totaled more personal fouls (seven) than points (six). He also amassed eight rebounds, two assists, four blocks, and two turnovers, in 62 minutes played in those two-dozen games.
Before his run on NBA rosters ended, Murphy would be traded to the Jazz, then the Cleveland Cavaliers, and then the Boston Celtics. In October 2014, Murphy would be waived from an NBA roster for the last time.