Detroit Pistons draft prospect Trey Murphy, Wing, Virginia
Trey Murphy is another rising prospect who played college ball in the state of Virginia who the Pistons could target in the 20s. Murphy does not have tremendous upside but looks to enter the league as an ideal 3 and D wing prospect.
He was an absolutely elite shooter in college, shooting over 40% from three on 5.5 attempts a game in his college career. This should definitely carry over to the NBA as he showed deep range and has great mechanics and footwork.
On defense, his size, 6’9 with a 7′ wingspan, and quickness allow him to stay in front of ball handlers and switch onto guards.
Murphy’s upside is greatly limited by his lack of shot creation and handle. To become a high-end role player, he will need to at least learn how to drive or sidestep hard closeouts.
Despite his struggles driving, he does have good bounce and did a good job finishing at the rim in limited attempts in college.
Likely early in his career, Murphy will score nearly entirely of assists, but that should not be a problem on the Pistons as both Killian Hayes and Cade Cunningham are excellent passers who can set him up nicely.
Watching the Suns in the playoffs, it was impossible not to notice the impact that their switchable wing defenders, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, and Cam Johnson, had on the team on both ends of the court.
It is very easy to see Murphy having a similar impact later on in his career and pairing incredibly nicely with Saddiq Bey and Jerami Grant.