Troy Weaver of the Detroit Pistons has proven over the course of his career that he has a keen eye for talent.
He was one of the recruiters that brought Carmelo Anthony to Syracuse as an assistant coach, and spent years in the Thunder front office, lobbying for guys like Russell Westbrook, who went on to win MVP.
Weaver has done the same in Detroit, where he hit home runs later in the draft with Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart, who both went on to make the All-Rookie team and look on the verge of having breakout seasons.
Weaver has transformed the Pistons’ roster from one of the most depressing in the NBA to one with arguably the most promising young talent after landing both Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren in the last draft.
But Weaver’s eye for talent isn’t just for players, he has also been very good at spotting front office talent, including Detroit native Rob Murphy.
Detroit Pistons: Rob Murphy is a rising star in the front office
Rob Murphy started his playing career at HBCU Central State University, where he was captain of the team and one of the best defenders in the conference. Guards who rely on smarts often make the best coaches and that is what happened with Murphy, who started out in high school but eventually worked his way to assistant coach for Syracuse, replacing Troy Weaver in that position.
Murphy had NBA players emerge not only from his high school job, but also at Syracuse, which eventually earned him a head coaching gig at Eastern Michigan. Murphy quickly revamped the program and ended his tenure as one of the most successful coaches in the mid-major Eagles’ history.
Weaver is obviously familiar with Murphy from his time at Syracuse, so when it came time to hire someone to run the Motor City Cruise, he knew who to call.
Murphy has been a success everywhere he has been, but most importantly, has earned his stripes, working his way through the high school and mid-major college ranks before eventually landing in the G-League as President of the Cruise.
Like Weaver, Murphy has shown that eye for talent, which was why he was recently named Assistant General Manager of the Detroit Pistons at just 48 years old.
He’s going to be responsible for leading the Pistons’ scouting team and has shown he has a gift for finding undervalued players that other teams may have overlooked.
This guy is a rising front office star, and his talent along with his intimate knowledge of the city and culture of Detroit, should make him the perfect hire for the Detroit Pistons. Don’t be surprised when he is the GM of a team in a few years.