Date of Birth:9 May 1948
Born At: Norwalk, CT USA
NBA Experience :13 seasons
- NBA All-Rookie Team (1971)
- NBA All-Star (1979)
- Upon enshrinement, was the Houston Rockets’ all-time leading scorer (17,949, 17.9 ppg) until being passed by Hakeem Olajuwon
- Upon enshrinement was Houston’s leader in seasons played (11), minutes played (30,607), games played (1,002), steals (1,165) and assists (4,402)
- Scored 1,000 or more points in 11 straight seasons
- Upon enshrinement, ranked 15th among NBA scorers by average
- Holds NBA record for highest seasonal free throw percentage (.958, 206 of 215) in 1980-81
- Led the league in free throw shooting in 1982-83 (.920, 138 of 150)
- Held the NBA record for consecutive free throws made (78, Dec. 27, 1980 – Feb. 28, 1981)
- Made 58 straight free throws (Oct. 28 – Nov. 18, 1975)
- One of only two players to shoot over 90 percent from the free throw line in five straight seasons (Rick Barry went seven straight seasons)
- One of only four players to not miss a free throw in a playoff series (20 or more attempts), with a 23-23 performance against St. Antonio (1981)
- Scored a career-high 57 points against the New Jersey Nets (March 18, 1978)
- Scored 40 or more points six times and 30 or more points 82 times
- Scored a career-high 42 points in the 1981 playoffs against St. Antonio (April 17)
- Houston retired his number 23 jersey
Calvin Murphy biography
When it was announced that Calvin Murphy had been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Houston Rockets media services office compiled a nine-page, fact-filled release exalting Murphy’s credentials. It was a sizeable statistical package, one that could credit Murphy for the size of his athleticism, but couldn’t show the size of his heart. Only those who saw Calvin Murphy play knew how big this 5-foot-9 dynamo was on the basketball court. Murphy played pressure basketball at both ends of the court. He was a penetrator supreme on offense who could also stop on a dime and stick a jump shot. His defense was aggressive, a belly-to-belly style that made him a top-notch defensive player despite guarding bigger players.
Murphy, a 1966 graduate of Norwalk (CT) High School, is a legend in Connecticut. He earned All-America honors twice and was an All-State selection three times. Folks still talk about his senior year-MVP of the Dapper Dan Tournament with 37 points and MVP of the Allentown Classic with 66 points. As a tribute, Murphy was elected to the Connecticut Coaches Association Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Connecticut Sportswriters Gold Key Award. Murphy didn’t miss a beat during an extraordinary career at Niagara University. A three-time All-America, Murphy scored 2,548 points in 77 games; a 33.1 points per game average that ranks fourth best in Division I history. Murphy’s 68 points vs. Syracuse in 1968 remains the third best mark against a Division I opponent. This prolific scorer tallied 30 or more points in 42 of 77 games, 30-39 points 23 times, 40-49 points 13 times and 50 or more points six times.
As the 18th pick in the second round of the 1970 draft, Murphy enjoyed a 13-year career with the San Diego and Houston Rockets. He still ranks second in the NBA record book for consecutive free throws made (78) and first for seasonal percentage mark (.958). He led the NBA in free throw percentage twice and finished among the top five eight other times. Murphy’s career extends farther out than the charity stripe. He scored in excess of 1,000 points in eleven straight seasons, and his 17,949 career points currently ranks him first in Rockets’ history and 35th among NBA all-time leaders. The 1979 All-Star still owns Houston’s record for most assists (4,402) and is one of only two Rocket players to have his number (23) retired. In 1978, Murphy earned the J. Walter Kennedy Humanitarian Award. “Murph” currently works with the Rockets in a variety of positions, including analyst for televised games.