Houston Rockets NBA Draft pick no. 23 or 24: Trey Murphy III
NBA comparison: Jae Crowder
The small forward out of Virginia played his first two years at Rice and has shot up the draft boards in recent weeks. Trey Murphy went from second-round pick just a few months ago to now firmly in the first round. Murphy is a stretch four or small forward who is 6 ft 9 with a 7 ft 1 wingspan.
With his height and length, Murphy excels on the defensive end but also is one of the best shooters in the draft. Murphy not only shot 43.3-percent from 3-point range with the Cavaliers last year, but he is one of only 11 players to be part of the 50-40-90 club in NCAA history. In today’s era of basketball, Murphy would fit in perfectly as a small-ball four who can guard multiple positions on the court, especially with more and more teams switching on almost every possession.
Murphy was a late bloomer when it comes to his current height, meaning he still has time to fill out his frame, which will make it easier to defend the larger forwards in the NBA. With elite shooting and great defensive instincts, Murphy can fit into any offense or defense without having to have the ball in his hand or help sent his way on defense.
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