Mike Muscala

Mike Muscala

31-Year-Old CenterC
Oklahoma City Thunder
GTD
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 10/1/2022
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Fresh off signing a new two-year contract, Muscala should resume his role as a locker room influence, mentoring the young core currently being developed in Oklahoma City. While he does have the ability to spread the floor, his overall game is too limited to allow him to spend significant time on the court. He finished the 2021-22 season as the 220th ranked player, averaging 8.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. Unfortunately, his playing time could decline further this season, making him an afterthought in just about every format. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Thunder in August of 2022. The second year is a team option.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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 named a 2012-13 Academic All-American. While with Atlanta, he was awarded the Hawks' 2016 Jason Collier Memorial Trophy, which is presented annually to the player 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 (@mikemuscala) and Instagram (@mikejawz). From 2009-13, 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, Muscala was named 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 also the first player in Patriot League history to twice earn Player of the Year and Tournament MVP honors. Muscala was selected 44th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Mavericks before being traded to the Hawks the same day. He then opted to play 20 games in Spain for the RA­o Natura Monbus Obradoiro of the Liga ACB before joining Atlanta in February 2014.

Inks two-year deal with OKC
COklahoma City Thunder
Ankle
August 8, 2022
Muscala (ankle) signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Thunder on Monday, Michael Scotto of USA Today reports. The second season is a team option.
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After he initially agreed to a one-year vet minimum contract to remain with the team in June, Muscala will instead receive $3.5 million for 2022-23 and possibly a season beyond. He averaged 8.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per contest last season, and he should continue to operate in a reserve role for the Thunder in 2022-23.
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Candidate to join Milwaukee?
COklahoma City Thunder
January 27, 2022
Muscala is potential buyout target for the Bucks, Erik Nehm of The Athletic reports.
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Oklahoma City will likely try to at least swindle a future second-round pick for Muscala, but if he isn't moved ahead of the Feb. 10 trade deadline, the Bucks could add him via buyout. The 30-year-old has the size and three-point shot to be the perfect depth option for the Bucks' frontcourt. Plus, Muscala played for Mike Budenholzer during his time in Atlanta.
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Muscala wasn't an every-game player for the Thunder last season. He mostly saw minutes when other big men were injured. At 30 years old, Muscala doesn't fit the Thunder's rebuilding timeline and is one of the oldest players on the team. It's unlikely the situation changes enough this season for Muscala to see more action. With that being the case, Muscala should be avoided in even deep fantasy leagues.
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.
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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Re-signs with OKC
COklahoma City Thunder
Ankle
June 30, 2022
Muscala (ankle) agreed to sign a one-year, vet minimum contact with the Thunder on Thursday, Darren Wolfson reports.
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Becomes unrestricted free agent
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Ankle
June 29, 2022
Muscala (ankle) had his $3.5 million team option declined by the Thunder on Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent, Michael Scotto of USA Today reports.
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Out for season after surgery
COklahoma City Thunder
Ankle
March 8, 2022
Muscala underwent successful arthroscopic surgery with additional ligament repair on his right ankle Tuesday and will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 season, Andrew Schlecht of The Athletic reports.
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Remains sidelined
COklahoma City Thunder
Ankle
March 1, 2022
Muscala (ankle) is listed as out for Wednesday's game against Denver.
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Out to begin second half
COklahoma City Thunder
Ankle
February 23, 2022
Coach Mark Daigneault said Wednesday that Muscala (ankle) remains out as the Thunder open the second half with matchups Thursday against the Suns and Friday in Indiana, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports.
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