After a successful season with the OKC Thunder, Mike Muscala has opted-in to the second year of his deal. Here are three goals for the 2020-21 season.
Last season Mike Muscala was the third-string center for the OKC Thunder. Thanks to the huge roster turnover he is now one of the longer-tenured Thunder players. Muscala exercised his player option and is now looking to get more game-time to improve his contract situation for next season.
Muscala struggled at the start of last season, shooting the 3-ball extremely poorly before eventually getting his groove back towards the middle of the season. However, he always struggled to get court time due to the play of Steven Adams and Nerlens Noel.
Both of these two players have left. Adams has gone via trade, and Noel signed with the New York Knicks. Muscala is now the reserve center for the Thunder behind Al Horford who the Thunder picked up from the Philadelphia 76ers via trade.
Can Mike Muscala be a good contributor for the OKC Thunder?
Last season Muscala averaged 4.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.9 assists in 12.2 minutes per game. He shot the ball reasonably well despite his poor start to the season. He went 40.7 percent from the field, 37.8 percent from deep, and 81.8 percent from the floor.
This was very close to his career numbers of 5.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 0.9 assists in 15.4 minutes per game. Every season where Muscala has averaged more than 20 minutes per game, he has averaged more than 7.0 points per game.
This means that there is a decent chance that if he gets more game-time next season, there is a good chance the Muscala will be a valuable contributor. With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at Muscala’s three goals for the 2020-21 season.