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Murphy at last joins Wolfpack - Aug 1, 2014


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Erik Murphy
The long wait is over for Erik Murphy (208-PF-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida). The 23-year-old arrived in Helsinki this week and is at last playing with Finland's national team. In less than a month, the Wolfpack will play at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Bilbao, Spain, and American-born Murphy, whose mother Paivi hails from Finland, is eager to help the squad out in any way possible. "Representing the national team means a lot to me because being Finnish is something that I am extremely proud of," he said while being unveiled to the media. "I'm willing to do anything to help the team." A 2.08m power forward best known for his smooth shooting stroke, Murphy is a late arrival because of his NBA commitments. After a standout collegiate career with the Florida Gators, he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls but saw little playing time with them last season as a rookie and was let go late in the campaign. He finished the season with the Utah Jazz and played for them in the NBA Summer League before being acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a multi-player trade on 22 July. Right now, his focus is only on making Finland's World Cup squad. Finland coach Henrik Dettmann is confident that Murphy will make a smooth transition to international basketball. "As long as Erik is going to do his best and is constantly evolving, that's enough for me," he said. "The way we play is we have an open system, which is easier to get used to than a closed system. "Erik has enough basketball fundamental skills that will enable him to adapt to our system." Murphy says he has already gotten a chance to see how the Finns play. "Henrik has given me videos," he said, "so Im familiar with the players and I know what style the team wants to play." At the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Finland will play in Group C against the USA, Turkey, the Dominican Republic, Ukraine and New Zealand.
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World Cup Standings
 1. USA
 2. Serbia
 3. France
 4. Lithuania
 5. Spain
 6. Brazil
 7. Slovenia
 8. Turkey
 9. Greece
 10. Croatia
 11. Argentina
 12. Australia
 13. Dominican R.
 14. Mexico
 15. N.Zealand
 16. Senegal
 17. Angola
 18. Ukraine
 19. P.Rico
 20. Iran
 21. Philippines
 22. Finland
 23. S.Korea
 24. Egypt
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jose Juan BAREA
  PUR
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 22
 1. Barea, PUR22.0 
 2. Blatche, USA21.2 
 3. Bogdanovic, BIH21.2 
 4. Gasol, ESP20.0 
 5. Scola, ARG19.5 
 6. Haddadi,18.8 
 7. Moreira, ANG17.8 
 8. Ayon, MEX17.6 
 9. Garcia, DOM17.6 
 10. Baynes, AUS16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andray BLATCHE
  USA
  (211-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Blatche, USA13.8 
 2. Haddadi,11.4 
 3. Dieng, SEN10.7 
 4. Bourousis, GRE9.2 
 5. Scola, ARG8.5 
 6. Valanciunas, LTU8.4 
 7. Asik, TUR8.4 
 8. Moreira, ANG8.2 
 9. Varejao, BRA8.0 
 10. Faried,7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Petteri KOPONEN
  FIN
  (194-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Koponen, FIN5.8 
 2. Dalmeida, SEN5.3 
 3. Rubio, ESP5.1 
 4. Jeter, USA5.0 
 5. Teodosic, SRB4.4 
 6. Nikkhah Bahr.,4.4 
 7. Zisis, GRE4.3 
 8. Campazzo, ARG4.3 
 9. Dragic, SLO4.3 
 10. Prigioni, ARG4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  ESP
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Rubio, ESP3.6 
 2. Kamrani, IRI2.6 
 3. Harden,2.1 
 4. Balkman, USA2.0 
 5. Irving, AUS1.9 
 6. Dieng, SEN1.8 
 7. Prigioni, ARG1.8 
 8. Ingles, AUS1.8 
 9. Saric, CRO1.7 
 10. Barbosa, BRA1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Pau GASOL
  ESP
  (213-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gasol, ESP2.3 
 2. Davis,2.1 
 3. Kim,2.0 
 4. N'Diaye, SEN1.8 
 5. Asik, TUR1.6 
 6. Dieng, SEN1.5 
 7. Vargas,1.5 
 8. Gasol, ESP1.4 
 9. Ibaka, CGO1.3 
 10. Garcia, DOM1.2 
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