Many G League players get called up to the NBA and make an impact. One of the newer names on that list is 26-year-old shooting guard Mychal Mulder of the Golden State Warriors.
Mulder spent four years in college. The first two with Vincennes University, before transferring over to the Kentucky Wildcats for the final two. In his final season in Kentucky, he averaged 4.7 points and 1.5 rebounds, in 10.6 minutes per game.
It was time for Mulder to take his talents to the professional ranks, but he went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft. Ultimately, he opted to enter the G League Draft, where he was selected with the 9th overall pick by the Windy City Bulls.
As a rookie in the G League, he averaged 9.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.1 steals, through 48 games. Shooting at a 41.8% rate from the field and 32.8% from 3. However, it was in his second season with the Bulls where a reputation started to build.
In the 2018-19 G League season, Mulder averaged 13.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.6 assists. His shooting from the field increased to 46%. Although, his 3-point shooting ballooned to 41.2%. This placed him joint-5th in the entire league in 3-pointers made (135).
Following his impressive sophomore campaign, Mulder was invited to the NBA G League Elite Camp. Which led to him signing with the Miami Heat on an Exhibit-10 deal ahead of the 2019-20 season. He did get waived in October 2019 and joined the Heat’s G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Over the course of the past season, while only playing 0.3 minutes more than the previous campaign, Mulder’s points per game average shot up to 17. Alongside 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists. While his shooting numbers dipped ever-so-slightly, he still shot at an impressive 39.9% from beyond the arc. From the field, 45.1%. The 26-year-old led the G League in both 3-point attempts (381) and shots made (152).
On February 27, 2020, Mulder’s NBA opportunity came as the Golden State Warriors signed him to a 10-day contract. In that time, he featured in 6 games. Lighting up for a career-high 18 points in a 118-114 win against the Philadelphia 76ers. In the game, he shot 50% from the field and 42.9% from 3. He also had impressive showings against the Phoenix Suns (15 points), Washington Wizards (17 points), and Denver Nuggets (15 points).
The Warriors signed Mulder to a second 10-day contract. However, he only featured in one game due to the NBA suspension. This was against the Los Angeles Clippers, where he struggled, shooting 1-9 from the field for a total of 3 points. Upon the expiry of his contract, Golden State snapped up his services on a multi-year deal.
Over the course of his two 10-day contracts, Mulder averaged 11 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists. On 38% shooting from the field and 30.8% from 3.
As per Hoops Hype, the deal runs throughout next season ($1.5 million), and into the 2021-22 campaign ($1.7 million) too. Except for the remainder of the current season (if a second NBA bubble comes to fruition), the rest is non-guaranteed, on a team option basis.
The Warriors clearly want to get back into contention quickly once Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson regain their health. Then there’s the topic of the potential number 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. For the time being, Mulder is a cheap productive option for the team. He could even very well be a solid bench piece on a contender too.
At the age of 26, there’s probably not much more left in terms of his ceiling. But Mulder is a player that very well suits the modern NBA. He’s a sharpshooter that can light-up from beyond the arc on any given night. His overall shooting statistics, to date, with the Warriors may not show that. Just look at his outings against the Suns (37.5% 3P), Wizards (42.9% 3P), Nuggets (50% 3P), and 76ers (42.9% 3P).
At times he really does show Steph Curry/Klay Thompson-esque flashes of excellence. With a smooth, quick release, his shooting mechanics are very pleasing on the eye. Maybe he could be the 3rd splash brother?
He doesn’t necessarily need the ball in his hands, he can work well off the ball and drift into open space, draining the 3-ball as and when required. The ability is there, however, to create looks on his own accord. Whether it be through mid-range shots off the dribble or by driving and converting at the rim.
He can hold his own defensively as well. When playing against the Phoenix Suns on March 1, Mulder held Devin Booker to 0-4 shooting on shots he contested.
With Mychal Mulder’s contract with the Golden State Warriors not guaranteed for next season, he will have an anxious wait to see where his future lies. Especially with the Warriors not being part of the NBA’s Orlando restart. However, he may get another opportunity to showcase his ability if the NBA opts for a second bubble for the teams at the foot of the league.
Either way, Mulder put everything on the table when his NBA opportunity presented itself, impressing many. Obviously including those from within the Warriors organization, but potentially from other NBA onlookers.