Murphy goes to the Bulls
Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12:06 a.m.
Florida forward Erik Murphy was selected 49th overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Murphy will join another former Gator, Joakim Noah, on a team that reached the second round of the NBA playoffs last season.
“It's unreal,” Murphy said. “I don't even know how to describe it. Obviously, I know Joakim and he's there, but it's a great organization from top to bottom. It's a dream come true.”
Murphy has another connection to the Bulls. His father, former NBA forward Jay Murphy, is an acquaintance of Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.
“I knew Tom when he got his start at Salem (Massachusetts) State,” Jay Murphy said. “He's an excellent coach, someone that Erik is going to learn from.”
Murphy is the 35th overall player drafted in Florida history and the 17th player drafted under current coach Billy Donovan. The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 12.2 points per game as a senior and shot a Southeastern Conference best 45.3 percent (72-159) from 3-point range. He scored 1,052 points in his UF career.
"I'm really proud of Erik,” Donovan said. “He has worked hard to reach this point and has a great opportunity in front of him.”
Murphy projects as a stretch power forward in the NBA and his combination of size and shooting should help open up the floor for Chicago post players Noah and Carlos Boozer.
“I can learn a lot from those guys. Being a younger guy, I plan to take a lot of what they say in,” Murphy said.
Murphy should help open up lanes to the basket for Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, who was sidelined the entire 2012-13 season while recovering from a torn ACL.
After getting picked, Murphy celebrated with about 30 family members and friends at a restaurant in his native South Kingstown, R.I., where he watched the draft.
Florida senior guards Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario were not picked and will now try to land spots on NBA summer league rosters.
2013 NBA Draft Selections
At The Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
1. Cleveland, Anthony Bennett, F, UNLV
2. Orlando, Victor Oladipo, g, Indiana
3. Washington, Otto Porter, Jr., f, Georgetown
4. Charlotte, Cody Zeller, c, Indiana
5. Phoenix, Alex Len, c, Maryland
6. New Orleans, Nerlens Noel, c, Kentucky
7. Sacramento, Ben McLemore, g, Kansas
8. Detroit, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, g, Georgia
9. b-Minnesota, Trey Burke, g, Michigan
10. Portland, C.J. McCollum, g, Lehigh
11. Philadelphia, Michael Carter-Williams, g, Syracuse
12. Oklahoma City (from Toronto via Houston), Steven Adams, c, Pittsburgh
13. c-Dallas, Kelly Olynyk, c, Gonzaga
14. b-Utah, Shabazz Muhammad, f, UCLA
15. Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokunbo, f, Filathlitikos (Greece)
16. c,d-Boston, Lucas Riva Nogueira, c, Estudiantes (Spain)
17. Atlanta, Dennis Schroeder, g, New Yorker Phantoms (Germany)
18. d-Atlanta (from Houston via Brooklyn), Shane Larkin, g, Miami
19. Cleveland (from L.A. Lakers), Sergey Karasev, f, Triumph (Russia)
20. Chicago, Tony Snell, g, New Mexico
21. b-Utah (from Golden State via Brooklyn), Gorgui Dieng, c, Louisville
22. Brooklyn, Mason Plumlee, c, New Jersey
23. Indiana, Solomon Hill, f, Arizona
24. New York, Tim Hardaway, Jr., g, Michigan
25. L.A. Clippers, Reggie Bullock, f, North Carolina
26. e-Minnesota (from Memphis via Houston), Andre Roberson, f, Colorado
27. f-Denver, Rudy Gobert, c, Cholet (France)
28. San Antonio, Livio Jean-Charles, f, ASVEL (France)
29. g-Oklahoma City, Archie Goodwin, g, Kentucky
30. h-Phoenix (from Miami via L.A. Lakers and Cleveland), Nemanja Nedovic, g, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
31. i-Cleveland (from Orlando), Allen Crabbe, g, California
32. Oklahoma City (from Charlotte), Alejandro Abrines, g, Barcelona (Spain)
33. Cleveland, Carrick Felix, g, Arizona State
34. Houston (from Phoenix), Isaiah Canaan, g, Murray State
35. Philadelphia (from New Orleans), Glenn Rice Jr., r, Rio Grande (NBADL)
36. Sacramento, Ray McCallum, g, Detroit
37. Detroit, Tony Mitchell, g, North Texas
38. Washington, Nate Wolters, g, South Dakota State
39. Portland (from Minnesota via Boston and Cleveland), Jeff Withey, c, Kansas
40. Portland, Grant Jerrett, f, Arizona
41. Memphis (from Toronto), Jamaal Franklin, f, San Diego State
42. a-Philadelphia, Pierre Jackson, g, Baylor
43. Milwaukee, Ricky Ledo, g, Providence
44. d-Atlanta (from Dallas), Mike Muscala, c, Bucknell
45. Portland (from Boston), Marko Todorovic, c, Regal Barcelona (Spain)
46. f-Utah, Erick Green, g, Virginia Tech
47. Atlanta, Raul Neto, g, Lagun Aro GBC (Spain)
48. L.A. Lakers, Ryan Kelly, f, Duke
49. Chicago, Erik Murphy, f, Florida
50. Atlanta (from Houston), James Ennis, f, Long Beach State
51. Orlando (from Golden State via Denver and New York), Romero Osby, f, Oklahoma
52. Minnesota (from Brooklyn), Lorenzo Brown, g, N.C. State
53. Indiana, Colton Iverson, c, Colorado State
54. Washington (from New York), Arsalan Kazemi, f, Oregon State
55. Memphis, Joffrey Lauvergne, f, Partizan (Adraitic League)
56. Detroit (from L.A. Clippers), Peyton Siva, g, Louisville
57. Phoenix (from Denver via L.A. Lakers), Alex Oriakhi, f, Missouri
58. San Antonio, DeShaun Thomas, f, Ohio State
59. Minnesota (from Oklahoma City), Bojan Dubljevic, f, Valencia BC (Spain)
60. Memphis (from Miami), Janis Timma, f, Ventspils (Latvia)
a-New Orleans and Philadelphia traded the rights to selected players.
b-Minnesota and Utah traded the rights to selected players.
c-Dallas and Boston traded the rights to selected players.
d-Traded the rights to Dallas for the rights to Lucas Riva Nogueira, c, Estudiantes (Spain). Dallas traded the rights to Atlanta and the second-round (No. 44) selection for Shane Larkin, g, Miami.
e-Traded to Golden State for cash and a future second-round pick.
f-Traded the rights to to Utah for cash and the Jazz's second-round (No. 46) selection.
g-Traded the rights to Golden State for the rights to Andre Roberson, f, Colorado and a future second-round draft pick.
h-Traded the rights to first-round (No. 30) selection Nemanja Nedovic, g, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania) to Oklahoma City for the rights to first-round (No. 29) selection Archie Goodwin, g, Kentucky.
i-Traded the rights to second-round (No. 31) selection Allen Crabbe, g, California to Portland for two future second-round draft picks.
— The Associated Press