Mike Muscala
Mike Muscala
28-Year-Old CenterC
Oklahoma City Thunder
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Muscala appeared in 64 games last season between the 76ers and the Lakers. He saw 20.4 minutes and averaged a career-high 1.4 threes en route to 7.0 points per game. He also chipped in 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists. While Muscala has shown upside as a floor-spacing big, his rebounding and defense leave something to be desired, which will likely make it difficult for him to see an expanded role at some point in the future. In joining the Thunder, Muscala figures to be the primary backup at power forward to Danilo Gallinari. It's possible Muscala sees time at center as well, but Nerlens Noel will likely have the reserve center spot locked down. All things considered, Muscala is worth avoiding in all but the deepest of fantasy leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.31 million contract with the Thunder in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Mike Muscala was born in 1991 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. His parents are Bob Muscala and Mary Maida and he has one stepsister, Madeline Maida. Muscala was raised in Minnesota and attended Roseville High School. He went on to Bucknell University, where Muscala was a 2012-13 Academic All-American selection. While with Atlanta, he was awarded the Hawks' 2016 Jason Collier Memorial Trophy, which is presented annually to who best exemplifies the characteristics Collier displayed off the court as a community ambassador. Muscala's nicknames include "Musky" and "Moose". The big center's favorite charities include "Pay Away the Layaway" and "Peacemakers International". Follow Muscala on Twitter and Facebook via @mikemuscala and on Instagram @mikejawz.

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From 2009 to 2013, Mike Muscala played four seasons at Bucknell University. He finished as the school's all-time scoring leader (2,036) and was second in blocks (271) and rebounds (1093). As a junior, he was the 2011 Patriot League Men's Basketball Player of the Year after leading the Bison to an NCAA Tournament appearance. After his senior season, he was named Patriot League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, as well as AP Honorable Mention All-American. Muscala was the first player in Patriot League history to twice earn Player of the Year and Tournament MVP honors. Despite a 2013 NBA Draft day trade to the Hawks, Muscala went to Spain and played 20 games for the Río Natura Monbus Obradoiro of the Liga ACB. He joined the Atlanta Hawks in February of 2014.

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COklahoma City Thunder
March 3, 2020
Muscala finished with one rebound, one assist and one steal in five minutes during Tuesday's 109-94 loss to the Clippers.
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Muscala made just his fifth appearance since the beginning of February and has earned double-digit minutes just once during this recent stretch. He's avoidable in all fantasy formats.
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Muscala was selected with the 44th overall pick in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft by the Mavericks. He was traded to the Hawks the same night and participated in the 2013 NBA Summer League. The center signed to play in Spain but returned to the United States in February. He then signed with the Hawks on a three-year deal after the club lost both Al Horford and Pero Antic to injuries. Muscala appeared in 20 games, all of the bench. He averaged 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 10.8 minutes of run, shooting 42.5 percent from the field. The 22-year-old made his debut March 2, posting four points, five rebounds and two blocks over 19 minutes in a loss to the Suns. On March 29, he grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against the Wizards. Muscala's best performance came April 16, when he logged 15 points (6-of-8 FG), four rebounds, three assists and two blocks over 25 minutes in a win over Minnesota. The Hawks finished with a 38-44 record and advanced to the playoffs as the Eastern Conference's eighth seed. They lost to the Pacers in Round 1 in seven games, of which Muscala played in two.

2014

Muscala played 40 games and started eight for the Hawks in 2014-15. He averaged 4.9 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.6 minutes during his sophomore season. The center also shot a career-high 55.0 percent from the field to go with a 40.9 mark from downtown. Despite limited playing time, the 23-year old logged a few personal bests over the campaign. On Nov. 15, he registered four blocks against the Cavaliers, a mark he would repeat Feb. 28 against the Heat. On March 31, Muscala grabbed 13 rebounds against the Pistons. And on April 7, the center had four steals against the Suns. His best performance came March 28, which featured 18 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks in 34 minutes against the Hornets. He also played six games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA D-League, averaging 12.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists over 29.8 minutes. The Hawks finished with a 60-22 record as the East's top seed and beat the Nets and Wizards before falling to the Cavaliers in Round 3. He appeared in 10 of 16 postseason games, averaging 4.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 10.2 minutes on the floor.

2015

Muscala played 60 games, all off bench, for the Hawks in 2015-16. The center averaged 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds over 9.4 minutes. He also shot 50.0 percent from the field in 2.5 attempts on average. The 24-year old's first significant contribution came Nov. 27 when he posted 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks over 23 minutes in a win over the Grizzlies. On Feb. 3, he scored a season-high 12 points to go with two boards, an assist and a steal over 19 minutes in a win over Philadelphia. Muscala recorded three blocks against the Raptors on March 30 -- another season best. He scored 10-plus points on three occasions during the season. The Hawks finished with a 48-34 record and advanced to the postseason as the East's fourth seed. They defeated the Celtics in six games before falling to Cleveland in Round 2. Muscala appeared in all but one game during the playoffs, averaging 2.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 7.4 minutes of run. That included a 10-point effort in Game 2 at Cleveland, his postseason career high.

2016

Muscala played 70 games and started three for the Hawks in 2016-17. The center averaged 6.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and a career-high 1.4 assists over 17.7 minutes. He also shot 50.4 percent from the field and 41.8 percent from downtown, the latter of which was the fifth best mark among all NBA big men. His best performance came Nov. 16, which featured 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and a block in 33 minutes against the Bucks. On Dec. 16, Muscala dished a career-high five assists in 17 minutes against the Raptors. He matched this number April 7 against the Cavaliers. He scored 16 points again in addition to putting up four boards against Minnesota on Dec. 21. The 25-year old grabbed a season-best nine rebounds Feb. 24 against the Heat. Overall, Muscala scored in double digits 20 times in 2016-17. The Hawks finished with a 43-39 record, earning the Eastern Conference's fifth seed. They lost to Washington in six games in Round 1, and Muscala appeared in each -- he averaged 2.8 points and 2.7 rebounds over 13.5 minutes.

2017

Muscala re-signed with the Hawks on a two-year deal as a free agent before the season. The center appeared in 53 games, starting seven of them. He averaged 7.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 20.0 minutes. Those were career highs in scoring and rebounding for him. Muscala also shot 45.8 percent from the field and a solid 37.1 (in 3.2 attempts per game) from three-point range. On Oct. 26, the 26-year old notched the first of his two double-doubles of the campaign with a 14-point, 10-rebound effort in a road loss to the Bulls. He then missed 28 straight games from early November to early January with an ankle injury. March was Muscala's best month, beginning with a career-high five three-pointers to go with 19 points on Mar. 11 in another loss to the Bulls. Then on March 28, he posted a personal-best 24 points against the Timberwolves. The Hawks finished with a 24-58 record and did not qualify for postseason play.

2018

After being traded from Atlanta in the summer of 2018, Mike Muscala began the 2018-19 season with the Philadelphia 76ers. He played 47 games -- including six starts -- for the Sixers and put up 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game. Muscala was traded to the Clippers in February. One day later the Clippers moved him to the Lakers in a multi-player trade. He played 17 games with the Lakers and started four of them. He saw his role diminish in Los Angeles as his playing time dropped by about seven minutes per contest. Still, Muscala produced 5.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game during his time with the Lakers. Amidst the changes he experienced during the 2018-19 season, Muscala further proved that he can get the job done as a stretch four. He shot 34.8 percent from deep and of his 361 field-goal attempts on the season, 256 were three-pointers. His role change in Los Angeles caused a decrease in his trips to the free-throw line, as he averaged 1.6 attempts per game in Philly and just 0.5 attempts per game with the Lakers. Muscala scored in double digits 20 times during the season, registering a season-high 19 points in late November when he was with the 76ers.

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Transaction History
  • June 27, 2013
    Drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2nd round (44th pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft and traded with Jared Cunningham and Lucas Nogueira to the Atlanta Hawks for Shane Larkin and cash. Signed his rookie contract shortly thereafter.
  • February 27, 2014
    Signed a three-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • July 25, 2017
    Signed a two-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • July 25, 2018
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Atlanta Hawks to the Philadelphia 76ers; the Hawks traded Dennis Schroder to the Oklahoma City Thunder; the Thunder traded Carmelo Anthony and a 2022 1st round draft pick to the Hawks; the 76ers traded Justin Anderson to the Hawks; and the 76ers traded Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • February 6, 2019
    Traded by the Philadelphia 76ers with Wilson Chandler, Landry Shamet, a 2020 1st round draft pick, a 2021 1st round draft pick, a 2021 2nd round draft pick and a 2023 2nd round draft pick to the Los Angeles Clippers for Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott.
  • February 7, 2019
    Traded by the Los Angeles Clippers to the Los Angeles Lakers for Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac.
  • July 9, 2019
    Signed a two-year contract as a free agent with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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Due to injuries, Muscala had a fairly disappointing showing during his fifth season in Atlanta. He wound up playing just 53 total games, which marked a three-year low. He chipped in with averages of 7.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 20.0 minutes, while he surprisingly added 1.2 three-pointers at a 37.1 percent clip. That made him a capable floor-stretching big man that could play both center and power forward, which prompted the 76ers to make a trade for him in the offseason. He immediately bolsters the team's frontcourt depth, but it seems unlikely that he'll garner many more minutes than what he saw in Atlanta. He'll battle Amir Johnson for time as the backup center to Joel Embiid and will likely find himself buried even more at power forward with the likes of Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Wilson Chandler and Johnson all having the ability to play that position. As a result, Muscala will be avoidable in most draft formats and may need a few injuries in order to become relevant.
Entering a contract year, Muscala put together his best season as professional, averaging a career-high 17.7 minutes across 70 games. That translated to an increase in points (6.2), rebounds (3.4) and assists (1.4), while shooting 50.4 percent from the field. Muscala struggled as a free-throw shooter at just 76.6 percent, but did impress as a deep ball threat, surprising many with a 41.8 percent clip from deep. His overall improvement prompted to the Hawks to retain the 6-foot-11 big man, as he secured a two-year, $10 million extension in the offseason. While that certainly provides a confidence boost, Muscala still may struggle to see extended minutes. The Hawks brought in Dewayne Dedmon, who's expected to start at center, and they also have Miles Plumlee available. That likely means Muscala will battle Plumlee for minutes as a reserve. Muscala could see a slightly bigger role from last season, but it may not be enough to render him a useful Fantasy option in the majority of Fantasy leagues.
Muscala remained a bit piece in the Hawks' frontcourt in 2015-16, and though he suited up for a career-high 60 contests, it actually came with the fewest minutes per game (9.4) of his three NBA seasons. The 6-foot-11 big man saw his opportunities increase once Tiago Splitter underwent season-ending hip surgery, but didn't show much overall improvement, as his rebound rate fell along with his field-goal and three-point percentages. The Hawks valued Muscala enough to exercise his $1.01 million team option for the upcoming season, but he could have a short leash if his production fails to bounce back. Splitter is expected to be back to full health near the start of the season and 7-foot-3 Walter Tavares remains an intriguing project for the organization, so the presence of those two players alone may be enough to oust Muscala from the roster.
In his second season, Muscala mustered up 4.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 13 minutes per game through 40 games with the Hawks. He shot 55 percent from the field, 41 percent from downtown, and 88 percent from the free-throw line. During six D-League games, he contributed 12.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.0 block in 29 minutes per game. Muscala's $0.9 million contract is non-guaranteed for 2015-16, but after impressing in 10 postseason contests with averages of 4.2 points on 3.3 field goal attempts, 1.8 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.1 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 10 minutes per game, Muscala seems very likely to stick. The 6-11, 230-pound center also appeared in six summer league games, posting 9.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.2 blocks in 28 minutes per game. Though the Hawks' acquisition of Tiago Splitter puts another big man ahead of Muscala in coach Mike Budenholzer's projected rotation, Pero Antic is gone, and Mike Scott's NBA career is in question. Therefore, it is possible Muscala will earn the majority of the minutes left over by Horford, Paul Millsap, and Splitter.
The Hawks planned to have Muscala – their second-round pick in the 2013 draft – play in Europe for a year or two, but frontcourt injuries forced them to accelerate Muscala's apprenticeship. Atlanta negotiated a buyout with his Spanish club and added him to the roster in early March. He appeared in 20 games down the stretch, averaging 11 minutes per game – mostly at center – with 3.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks per contest. He apparently impressed the Hawks enough to win a role in the frontcourt this season, as Atlanta let Gustavo Ayon walk in free agency. At 6-11, Muscala is the tallest of the Hawks' center options. His biggest strength entering the league was his rebounding, but he's shown signs that he can be an efficient contributor on the offensive end. He averaged 13.8 points on 43-percent shooting in six games during the Las Vegas Summer League.
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Left out of rotation
COklahoma City Thunder
February 5, 2020
Muscala (coach's decision) didn't see the floor during Wednesday's 109-103 win over the Cavaliers.
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Scores 11 in victory
COklahoma City Thunder
January 25, 2020
Muscala had 11 points (3-6 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes during Saturday's 113-104 win over the Timberwolves.
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Cools off with six points
COklahoma City Thunder
January 17, 2020
Muscala scored six points (2-5 FG, 2-5 3Pt) in a loss to the Heat on Friday, adding two rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes.
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Scores 11 off bench
COklahoma City Thunder
January 13, 2020
Muscala had 11 points (4-10 FG, 3-8 3Pt), three boards, three assists and one block in 19 minutes of a 117-104 win against Minnesota on Monday.
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Hauls in eight rebounds
COklahoma City Thunder
January 7, 2020
Muscala compiled six points (2-8 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, one assist and one steal in 17 minutes during Tuesday's 111-103 overtime win against the Nets.
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