New Orleans Pelicans Draft Grades: Pick no. 17- Trey Murphy III
I was ecstatic when Trey Murphy III fell to the New Orleans Pelicans with the 17th pick, as I had him as one of my top prospects for them.
Prior to the draft and all of the trades, Murphy was a guy I thought the Pelicans should try to trade up for, as he has all of the elements to be a quality 3-and-D wing in the NBA and fills a number of holes.
Murphy has great size and length for the position at 6-foot-9 and has played both shooting guard and on the wing, so he can slide into a number of lineups fo the Pelicans.
He shot over 43 percent from 3-point range in his final season at Virginia and he can also defend his position well, which should be a big help for the Pelicans, who lack depth and defense on the wing.
Murphy was a junior this season, so he is 21-years-old and should be able to contribute right away off the Pelicans’ bench.
This was a home run pick for David Griffin, who needed one after a few lackluster drafts.