Kevin Murphy to Jazz: Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Analysis

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIJune 29, 2012

You may not know his name right now, but Kevin Murphy is going to be a star. The NBA has just realized that, as the former member of the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles has been drafted.

The question is, when will we start seeing the elite scoring prospect put it all together? It won't be too long.

What Murphy Brings to the Team

Kevin Murphy may just be the best scoring prospect in this draft class. He's an outstanding jump shooter with deep three-point range who knows how to attack the basket. Murphy is also a very good rebounder with solid range and smooth movement across the floor.

Kevin Murphy has true star scorer potential. A future fan favorite and a potential All-Star.

What Experts Are Saying

Chad Ford of ESPN.com is the latest to offer Kevin Murphy high praise. How gracious might it be? Try a comparison to a future Hall of Famer.

[Kevin] Murphy looks a bit like a Rip Hamilton sort of player with much deeper range. He's got a smooth athleticism that allows him to glide to the basket. He can score off the dribble, has a sick midrange game and shows both quickness and athleticism.

Hard to argue with any of those points. Whether Murphy reaches Hamilton's level of production, however, is the true question.

Rookie Impact

Kevin Murphy is a potential rotational option off of the bench due to his exceptional three-point shooting. Whether or not he sees the playing time necessary to put up the type of numbers he saw at Tennessee Tech, however, is leaning toward a powerful "no."

Instead, it's likely that Murphy ends up as a back-of-the-rotation option until injuries inevitably strike toward the midway point of the season. The playing time will likely be well received as Murphy becomes, at worst, a solid three-point marksman off of the bench.

As we've learned with players such as Steve Novak in New York and J.J. Redick in Orlando, teams can never have enough of them.

Pick Analysis

With not a lot of options in this draft, the Jazz made a safe, intelligent choice.  Murphy could become a solid scoring option off the bench at worst, a sharpshooter who can keep defenses honest and take some of the pressure off the big men in the middle at best. 


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