Like everyone expected, former Kentucky Basketball reserve Mychal Mulder is in the NBA in 2021-22, almost five years removed from his final season at Kentucky.
A Golden State Warrior last year, Mulder was waived in the preseason upon the return of Klay Thompson–whose father, former Lakers center Mychal Thompson, was the inspiration behind Mulder’s first name–in a surprising move given how well Mulder played in 2020-21. He hit nearly 40 percent (.397) of his 3-point tries in 60 games played.
The Orlando Magic noticed Mulder’s hot shooting for the Warriors a year ago and then his new free agent status out of training camp this fall. Today the Magic swooped in and signed Mulder to a two-way contract, the franchise announced via Twitter.
Mulder took the blue-collar route out of Kentucky, where he played only 10 minutes per game (eighth on the team) his senior year and went undrafted. He played three seasons in the NBA’s G-League until the Warriors signed him to a 10-day late in the season in 2020 and kept him around through this past summer. Now he’s off to Orlando where he will likely spend some time in the G League again, but can still play up to 50 NBA games while receiving a higher income than the regular G-Leaguers.
Good luck to Mychal in his second NBA home.