Calvin Murphy Biography
Calvin Murphy is an American retired professional basketball player who played as a guard for the NBA’s San Diego/Houston Rockets from 1970 to 1983 and is a current member of the Houston Rockets’ AT&T Sportsnet TV broadcast team.
Calvin Murphy Age
He was born on 9 May 1948, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA. He is 70 years old as of 2018.
Calvin Murphy Mother
He was raised up by his mother Ina Miller.
Calvin Murphy Wife
He married his first wife Phyllis Davidson back in 1996 and his second wife, Vernetta Murphy in 1994.
Calvin Murphy Kids|Daughter
Calvin Murphy Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $ 3 million dollars.
Calvin Murphy Body Measurements
He measures 1.78 meters tall and 75 kgs in weight.
Calvin Murphy High School Career
He played basketball for Norwalk High School, where he was All-State three times and All-America twice. He is a member of the Connecticut Coaches Association Hall of Fame and a Connecticut Sportswriters Gold Key Award winner. Norwalk High School’s address is now 23 Calvin Murphy Rd. in his honor
Calvin Murphy College Career
He attended Niagara University, where he was a three-time All-American. He scored 2,548 points in 77 games (33.1 points per game). One of his best games was a 68-point outing against Syracuse University at Niagara’s Gallagher Center. In 1970, he led Niagara to the NCAA tournament and advanced to the second round, where they lost to Villanova. During his career, he was famous for being one of “The Three M’s”, along with Pete Maravich and Rick Mount, both of whom were NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball All-Americans at the same time as Murphy.
Calvin Murphy Draft
Murphy was drafted by the San Diego Rockets (now the Houston Rockets) as the first pick in the second round (18th overall) of the 1970 NBA draft. In his first season, Murphy was nominated to the NBA All-Rookie team. A diminutive guard at 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm), Murphy was known for his quickness and defensive ability.
Calvin Murphy NBA Record
Murphy was one of the best free-throw shooters ever, setting NBA records for most consecutive free throws made and for the highest free throw percentage in a single season (1980–1981). Both records have since been broken. He set many other records within the Rockets organization, including that of all-time leading scorer until that record was broken in 1994 by Hakeem Olajuwon. The Rockets made it to the NBA Finals in 1981, losing to the Boston Celtics in six games. After retiring from the NBA in 1983, Calvin Murphy was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993
Calvin Murphy Bato
Before basketball, he was a world-class baton twirler. He says he was “bullied into it” as his mother and all six of her sisters were twirlers. As an 8th grader, in 1963, he won a national championship in baton twirling. His reputation as a twirler earned him invitations to perform at major sporting events and the 1964 New York World’s Fair. In 1977, at the height of his basketball career in Houston, Murphy won the Texas State Men’s Twirling Championship.
Calvin Murphy Achievements
- Inducted to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993
- Jersey #23 retired by the Houston Rockets
- Second highest Free Throw Percentage in a Season – 206 of 215 (95.8%) in 1980–81
- NBA Consecutive Free Throws Made – 3rd, 78 (December 27, 1980 – February 28, 1981)
- NBA All-Rookie Team: 1971
- NBA All-Star Team: 1979
- Games played; 1,002
- Career points: 17,949 (17.9 points per game)
- Career steals: 1,165
- Career assists: 4,402 (4.4 apg)
- Career high points: 57 (against New Jersey Nets- March 18, 1978)
- Career playoff high: 42 (against San Antonio Spurs- April 17, 1981)
- 1000-point seasons: 11
Calvin Murphy Free Throw Record
Though his consecutive free throw record had been eclipsed, his single-season record for the highest free throw percentage in a single season was still intact when he made 206/215 free throws in 1980-81, good for an NBA record 95.8%.
Calvin Murphy Basketball Camp
Calvin Murphy’s Planet Hoops is a year-round program designed to help individuals develop and progress in the game of basketball. Planet Hoops offers various programs to suit the needs of individuals with different basketball backgrounds and skill levels. Instructing and developing an individual’s basic fundamental basketball skills or taking a player’s skill level up a notch, are only a few of the things Planet Hoops has to offer. With our program, an individual can develop and progress, and move on to a class or program that will suit his or her needs best. Calvin Murphy’s Planet Hoops is determined to help any individual, of any skill level, progress and develop in the game of basketball. At Planet Hoops, we TEACH the game of basketball. Emphasizing a fundamentals-first philosophy, we enhance the player’s skills and their basketball I.Q. through drills and classroom interaction.