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Mike Muscala
PF/C - 6'10, 240lbs - 32 years old - 10 years of NBA experience
Washington Wizards - Acquired via trade in June 2023
  • Birthdate: 07/01/1991
  • Drafted (NBA): 44th pick, 2013
  • Pre-draft team: Bucknell
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: Sean Kennedy/Mike Lindeman (Excel Sports Management)
Stats
Transactions
DateLeagueTransaction
2013 NBA DraftNBADrafted 44th overall by Dallas.
2013 NBA DraftNBADraft rights traded by Dallas, along with Jared Cunningham and the draft rights to Lucas Nogueira (#16), to Atlanta in exchange for the draft rights to Shane Larkin (#18) and cash.
1st August, 2013SpainSigned a one year contract with Obradoiro.
25th February, 2014SpainLeft Obradoiro.
27th February, 2014NBASigned a partially guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season and through 2017 with Atlanta. Included team option for 2016/17.
6th December, 2014D-LeagueAssigned by Atlanta to Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League.
8th December, 2014D-LeagueRecalled by Atlanta from Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League.
19th December, 2014D-LeagueAssigned by Atlanta to Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League.
20th December, 2014D-LeagueRecalled by Atlanta from Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League.
28th December, 2014D-LeagueAssigned by Atlanta to Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League.
29th December, 2014D-LeagueRecalled by Atlanta from Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League.
7th February, 2015D-LeagueAssigned by Atlanta to Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League.
8th February, 2015D-LeagueRecalled by Atlanta from Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League.
1st March, 2015D-LeagueAssigned by Atlanta to Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League.
2nd March, 2015D-LeagueRecalled by Atlanta from Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League.
28th June, 2016NBAAtlanta exercised 2016/17 team option.
25th July, 2017NBARe-signed by Atlanta to a two year, $10 million contract. Included player option for 2018/19.
22nd June, 2018NBAExercised 2018/19 player option.
25th July, 2018NBAAs a part of a three team deal, traded by Atlanta to Philadelphia, along with Dennis Schroeder to Oklahoma City, in exchange for Carmelo Anthony and a 2022 first round pick from Oklahoma City, as well as Justin Anderson from Philadelphia.
6th February, 2019NBATraded by Philadelphia, along with Wilson Chandler, Landry Shamet, a 2020 first round pick, a 2021 first round pick, a 2021 second round pick and a 2023 second round pick, to L.A. Clippers in exchange for Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott.
7th February, 2019NBATraded by L.A. Clippers to L.A. Lakers in exchange for Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac.
Career Moves
2009 - 2013Bucknell (NCAA)
July 2013Atlanta Hawks (Summer League)
August 2013 - February 2014Obradoiro (Spain)
February 2014 - July 2018Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
July 2018 - February 2019Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
February 2019L.A. Clippers (NBA)
February 2019 - presentL.A. Lakers (NBA)
Articles about Mike Muscala

June 29, 2018

Mike Muscala
PF/C - 6’11, 240lbs - 26 years old - 5 years of experience

Aside from it incorporating quite a lot of lost time due to injury – and, really, of how many Hawks players is this not true? – Muscala returned a good season. Brought back to the team last offseason to a very fair price that perhaps undervalue his abilities and usefulness going forward considering how well his skill set should play in the modern NBA market, Muscala then had probably the best season of his career, if a shortened one.

It is therefore a bit of a shame that he seems almost certain to go back onto the market again via his player option. A good outside shooter for a big who seems to get more aggressive with each passing year, Muscala is embracing what was once a part of his game and turning it into the main part of his game and career going forwards. But that is not to say that it is all he does - unlike players such as Justin Hamilton before him, Muscala is also sufficiently capable defensively. Not hugely strong, not hugely quick, and not a great rim protector, he nevertheless is quick enough to rotate, scramble, close out, and stick with opponents in switches. And considering he starts and ends most possessions on the perimeter, he boards fairly well too.

There might not be much upside beyond what he does. Some defensive nous, a more consistent shot and sustaining if not improving on his new defensive rebounding rate are all feasible developments for him, but there is not the ball skill or athleticism to become a whole lot more than what he is. Then again, there doesn’t need to be.

Player Plan: $5 million player option for next season he has exercised. See if anything can be gotten for it, as Spellman is younger with more team control, but he is young enough to still be a part of what seemingly will be the world’s best shooting frontcourt.

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June 29, 2017

Mike Muscala
PF/C, 6’11, 240lbs, 25 years old, 4 years of experience

Tailed off late in the year, but emerged as a much higher volume and more efficient three-point shooter than before. While his 3PAr climbs and climbs (up to .329 this season), his usage rate continues to shrink (career low 14.8%), even though as a 41.8% three-point shooter, he should continue to shoot more. This is particularly true when considering that the three-point uptick has seen his offensive rebounding numbers drop far off, and, often giving up strength in the post, he needs to counter that from outside. Muscala could have some value on the market as a stretch five who does a decent job keeping up defensively on pick-and-rolls, without giving up around the basket. The downside of having signed for this fourth season though is that he will not be a restricted free agent.

Player Plan: UFA with full Bird rights but meriting a big pay rise and will have suitors. A three year, $20-24 million deal would be a decent price range for him, but he may be coveted.

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March 17, 2011

Bucknell's best player, somewhat comfortably, is 6'11 sophomore Mike Muscala. He and his shotblocking is the crux of their interior defense, by far their biggest player (in terms of height, at least), and is an efficient inside/outside, post-up/face-up offensive threat, capable of making shots around the basket with both hands. Surrounding him, senior Darryl Shazier is amongst the nation's leaders in assists at 5.6 a game, alongside a crazily low 1.5 turnovers a contest. Canadian sharpshooter Bryson Johnson is one of the nation's best, casting six and a half per game, hits 46% of them, and is a huge part of the team's .402% three point percentage, the seventh best mark in the league.

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