Calvin Jerome Murphy is a retired professional basketball player who was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on May 9, 1948 and currently has a net worth of approximately $3 million. He played as a guard for the San Diego Houston Rockets during 1970 – 1983.
At a height of approximately 5 feet 9 inches, he was given the distinction of being the shortest player of all time to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He is also the shortest player to have played in an All-Star Game as well.
Before his professional career in the NBA he played as a world class baton twirler and a guard for Norwalk High School, as well as Niagara University. By 1970, he was drafted #18 by the Houston Rockets as to which he played his entire career from 1970 – 1983. By 1971 he was added to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and by 1979 he won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award and was named as an NBA All-Star. In 1983, his #23 jersey was retired by the San Diego Rockets and Murphy was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Being a diminutive guard at a height of 5 feet and 9 inches, he was recognized for is defensive ability as well as his quickness. He was also described as being one of the best free throw shooters in NBA history as well. In fact, he set various NBA records such as the highest free throw percentage within a span of a single season, as well as the record for most consecutive free throws.
Within the Rockets organizing itself, Calvin also set various records, such as the all-time leading scorer record which remained unbroken until 1994, 13 years after he set the record. Throughout the entirety of his career he played in 1002 NBA games and averaged double figures as far as scoring went, in all of the seasons he played in. He was also one of the most accurate free throwing shooters within the league and averaged over 90% accuracy when it came to shooting from the free throw line during his first 6 NBA seasons.
Currently, Calvin Murphy operates as a host for the ESPN radio show ‘The Calvin Murphy Show’ and is also a member of the Rocket’s TV broadcast team.