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Irish In The NBA

Troy Murphy (1999-2001 at Notre Dame)
Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks finished 41-41 (fourth in the Southwest Division), but Murphy’s year ended in November after appearing in 14 contests. He averaged 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in just over 18 minutes per game. Dallas released the former Notre Dame All-American and Murphy was not picked up by another organization. He shot 42.3 percent from the field and poured in 12 points, grabbed four rebounds and four steals in a loss to Golden State on Nov. 19. The 6-11, 245-pounder is reportedly set to retire this summer after 12 seasons in the league. Murphy was selected 14th overall in the first round by Golden State in the 2001 NBA Draft and played six seasons for the Warriors. He started 79 games in 2002-03 and 69 games in 2004-05. Murphy signed with the Indiana Pacers midway through the 2006-07 season and remained in Indianapolis through 2009-10 (233 starts). Murphy had stints in Boston, New Jersey, Los Angeles (Lakers) and Dallas over the next three years. His career stats include 44.5-percent shooting from the field, 78.5 percent from the foul line, 7.8 rebounds and 10.8 rebounds per game.

Matt Carroll (2000-03)
New Orleans Hornets
The Hornets were last in the Southwest Division with a 27-55 record. Carroll appeared in one game and was traded in November to the Charlotte Bobcats, which cut the shooting guard a week later. Carroll, who went undrafted in 2003 and is now a free agent, suited up for Portland and San Antonio as a rookie before spending four seasons with Charlotte. He started the 2008-09 campaign in Dallas and landed back in Charlotte for the remainder of the year. Carroll bounced back to Dallas in 2009-10 and ended up back in Charlotte for the last three seasons. He started 84 career games, shooting 42.3 percent from the floor, 38.4 percent from 3 and averaged 6.6 points per game.

Chris Quinn (2003-06)
Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs struggled to a 24-58 record and a last-place finish in the Central Division. Quinn hooked up with Cleveland at the end of the season as a free agent and averaged 1.4 points and 1.3 assists in 11.3 minutes per game. Quinn played in seven games in his sixth year in the league. He played three seasons for Miami, signed with the New Jersey Nets in 2009-10, played for San Antonio the following year and split time 2011-12 with Khimki Moscow Region of the VTB United League and the Spanish League’s Valencia. In December of 2012 he signed with the NBA D-League’s Tulsa 66ers. Cleveland signed Carroll on March 20, 2013. The guard has started 26 career NBA games and is a 39.9-percent shooter (37.7 percent from deep), having averaged 4.5 points and 1.9 assists per game.

Ben Hansbrough (2010-11)
Indiana Pacers
The Pacers forced a Game 7 with defending NBA champion Miami in this year’s Eastern Conference Finals, and Hansbrough has been one of the Pacers’ biggest cheerleaders on the bench. He went undrafted in 2011 and spent the season with Bayern Munich in Germany. He played for Indiana’s summer league team in Orlando when he returned to the United States last summer before signing a non-guaranteed contract with the club for 2012-13. Hansbrough, whose older brother Tyler (forward/center) is also with the Pacers, has appeared in 28 games this year, averaging two points and .8 assists in 7.1 minutes per contest. He played three minutes in Game 3 against the Heat on May 26.

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