I've said it for years, and I still maintain the feeling.
I am a Troy Murphy fan.
I've never hid that fact and I won't now. He's been a model citizen, does as he's asked and played his heart out every game. I'm not going to fault Troy for how he's been utilized. I think a lot of how the coaching staff has asked him to play has unfairly colored how Troy's been viewed here.
We as fans, fixated on his salary, to the point of obliterating anything positive he could do.
Statistically, he put up comparable numbers to guys like Horford, Love and Okur. For me, the biggest problem is that he never got paired with a low post beast to compliment his game. I always wanted him to have a yin/yang relationship with another player like Dale and Rik had. We never blasted those guys too much cause they covered each others weaknesses.
Yeah, Troy has a glaring deficiency in his game, but ya know, so do a lot of other guys. Amare comes immediately to mind. Antwan Jamison is another. Zach Randolph. They bring it on the offensive end, but defensively....um....
I'll be honest. I'll miss him. I know I'm in a minority, but I don't, and never have, cared what other fans think. The guy worked hard, improved his stats every year, played within our system...He did alright by this organization as far as I'm concerned. I always though of Troy as needing someone like Brad Dougherty had in Larry Nance to compliment his game.
I am thrilled to have Collison coming here, but I can't say I'm happy to see Troy go. He became the forum whipping boy years ago and I never quite understood the fervor at which people attacked him. When people actually started attacking his improved rebounding stats for how he grabbed the rebounds, or dissed his scoring for how he scored them, I just started not reading threads about him, because, for me, it was kinda ridiculous.
Good luck Troy. I'll miss ya.