Trey Murphy Might Make Season Debut with Pelicans Next Week After Knee Injury

New Orleans Pelicans forward Trey Murphy is expected to make his 2023-24 season debut next week, following recovery from a torn meniscus in his left knee.
‣ Murphy, who was selected 17th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2021 NBA Draft and then traded to New Orleans, has shown significant improvement in his performance, with career highs in the 2022-23 season and ranking fifth in catch-and-shoot 3-pointers in the league.
‣ Despite his absence, the New Orleans Pelicans currently hold 14th-ranked odds to win this season’s championship, according to several NBA betting sites.


Trey Murphy, a forward for the New Orleans Pelicans, could be making a comeback. The 23-year-old player might debut in the 2023-24 season as early as next week, according to insiders. He underwent a surgical procedure in September to mend a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Post-surgery, it was projected that Murphy would be back on the court in roughly 10-12 weeks. Now, after more than 11 weeks, he’s nearly ready to return to the game. Although it’s unlikely that he’ll return this week, there’s a glimmer of hope that he could play next week.

When it comes to NBA betting sites, the New Orleans Pelicans don’t fare too well. They stand at the 14th spot in the odds for winning this season’s championship. The Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings, however, are showing better odds.

There’s a tweet floating around, too. It says, “CJ McCollum upgraded to Questionable. Trey Murphy III and Matt Ryan upgraded to Doubtful #Pelicans | @MorrisBartLLC. Injury Report — New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) November 28, 2023.”

The Pelicans have a busy schedule ahead. They’re hosting the Philadelphia 76ers (12-5) on Wednesday and San Antonio Spurs (3-14) on Friday. Then, they’re off to Chicago (5-13) this Saturday. And next Monday, they’ll play at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves (3-14).

Murphy’s journey in the NBA started with the Memphis Grizzlies. He was their 17th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft from the University of Virginia. But then, Memphis traded him to New Orleans. During his rookie 2021-22 season, the North Carolina native played in 62 games and started in one.

His stats from that season aren’t too shabby. He averaged 5.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 13.9 minutes per game with New Orleans. He also had shooting percentages of 39.4% from the field, 38.2% beyond the arc, and 88.2% at the foul line.

In the 2022-23 season, Murphy made 65 starts in 75 appearances with the Pelicans. He managed to average career highs of 14.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals, and 31 minutes per game. His shooting percentages were also impressive: 48.4% from the floor, 40.6% from downtown, and 90.5% at the free throw line.

Murphy also made a name for himself in the league last season. According to Second Spectrum data, he ranked fifth in catch-and-shoot 3-pointers. He’s also the only Pelicans player in franchise history to record nine 3-pointers in a game more than once.

There’s another tweet that says, “Trey Murphy – @konradreed5 — Pro Pels Talk (@ProPelsTalk) November 20, 2023.”

In a match against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 12, 2023, Murphy had a career-high 41 points. He also had seven boards, one assist, one steal, and one block in 30 minutes as a starter. His shooting was on point too, with 13-of-20 (65%) from the field and 9-of-14 (64.3%) from 3-point range.

Murphy’s scoring average increased by 9.1 points from his rookie to sophomore season. According to ESPN Stats & Information, this was the second-largest increase in the league. The only player to make greater progress was Utah Jazz wing Lauri Markkanen, the recipient of the 2023 NBA Most Improved Player of the Year Award.

James Shotwell
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