Rockets Matt Bullard: You did not want Calvin Murphy as your roommate

Houston Rockets Calvin Murphy (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets Calvin Murphy (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Although Houston Rockets great Calvin Murphy had a stellar career on the hardwood, his unique personality and one-of-a-kind character off the court was just as memorable.

To say that Calvin Murphy has been a pivotal piece of the Houston Rockets franchise would be an understatement, as Murphy first became a part of franchise in 1970. Murphy enjoyed a stellar 13-year playing career, all with the Rockets, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993.

Despite being just 5-foot-9, Murphy could flat out ball on the hardwood, and he amassed an impressive basketball resume. To this day, Murphy is one of the shortest players in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, which is further proof of the uniqueness of his game.

Murphy remains one of the game’s greatest free throw shooters, as he capitalized on 89.2 percent of his trips to the charity stripe during his career. Murphy led the league in free throw percentage twice during his career, including the 1980-81 season in which he made 95.8 percent of his free throws.

Murphy made at least 90 percent of his free throws in each of his last six seasons, which is beyond impressive. But Murphy was more than just a great foul shooter, as he could score at ease and also had underrated court vision.

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