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Mike Muscala

Michael Peter Muscala (born July 1, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Muscala, (prounounced /muˈSKĂ luh/), was born on July 1, 1991 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, to parents Bob and Mary. His mother later married Thomas Maida. He has a stepsister, Madeline. Muscala grew up in Minnesota, and attended schools in Roseville, Minnesota, graduating from Roseville High School. Muscala played for the Bucknell Bison men's basketball team for four seasons. He was the 2011 Patriot League Men's Basketball Player of the Year after leading the Bison to an NCAA Tournament appearance. In addition, he was named to the First Team All-Patriot League and AP All-American Honorable Mention in 2010-2011. He was a 2012–13 Academic All-America selection. He was also a 2012–13 Senior CLASS Award finalist. In 2013, Muscala also won the Patriot League Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and earned First-Team All Conference honors, becoming the first player in Patriot League history to earn Player of the Year and Tournament MVP twice. During his 2012–13 campaign, Muscala also became Bucknell's all-time leading scorer, surpassing Al Leslie's 32-year record.

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Mike Muscala
Muscala with the Atlanta Hawks
No. 31 Los Angeles Lakers
PositionPower forward / Center
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1991-07-01) July 1, 1991 (age 27)
St. Louis Park, Minnesota
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolRoseville (Roseville, Minnesota)
CollegeBucknell (2009–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Playing career2013–present
Career history
2013–2014Río Natura Monbús
20142018Atlanta Hawks
2014–2015Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2017Erie BayHawks
2018–2019Philadelphia 76ers
2019–presentLos Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards

Michael Peter Muscala (born July 1, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Early life

Muscala, (prounounced /muˈSKĂ luh/), was born on July 1, 1991 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, to parents Bob and Mary. His mother later married Thomas Maida. He has a stepsister, Madeline. Muscala grew up in Minnesota, and attended schools in Roseville, Minnesota, graduating from Roseville High School.[1][2]

College career

Muscala left Bucknell as the school's all-time leading scorer.

Muscala played for the Bucknell Bison men's basketball team for four seasons. He was the 2011 Patriot League Men's Basketball Player of the Year after leading the Bison to an NCAA Tournament appearance. In addition, he was named to the First Team All-Patriot League and AP All-American Honorable Mention in 2010-2011.[3] He was a 2012–13 Academic All-America selection.[4] He was also a 2012–13 Senior CLASS Award finalist.[5] In 2013, Muscala also won the Patriot League Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and earned First-Team All Conference honors,[6] becoming the first player in Patriot League history to earn Player of the Year and Tournament MVP twice. During his 2012–13 campaign, Muscala also became Bucknell's all-time leading scorer, surpassing Al Leslie's 32-year record.[7]

Professional career

NBA draft and Spain (2013–2014)

On June 27, 2013, Muscala was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the 44th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft. He was subsequently traded to the Atlanta Hawks on draft night,[8] and later joined the Hawks for the 2013 NBA Summer League.

On August 1, 2013, Muscala signed a one-year deal with Río Natura Monbús Obradoiro of the Liga ACB.[9] On February 25, 2014, he parted ways with Obradoiro and returned to the United States.[10][11] In 20 games for the club, he averaged 14.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

Atlanta Hawks (2014–2018)

On February 27, 2014, Muscala signed a multi-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks.[12] He made his debut for the Hawks on March 2, recording four points and five rebounds in a loss to the Phoenix Suns.[13] In the team's regular season finale on April 16, Muscala scored a season-high 15 points in a 111–103 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.[14]

In July 2014, Muscala re-joined the Hawks for the 2014 NBA Summer League. During the 2014–15 season, he received multiple assignments to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.[15] On March 28, 2015, he had a season-best game with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks in a loss to the Charlotte Hornets.[16]

Muscala again played for the Hawks' summer league team in 2015, averaging 9.8 points and 7.3 rebounds in six games. On February 3, 2016, he scored a season-high 12 points in a 125–86 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.[17] On March 26, 2016, he was presented with the Jason Collier Memorial Trophy for being the player who best exemplifies the characteristics Collier displayed off the court as a community ambassador.[18]

On June 29, 2016, the Hawks exercised the option for the 2016–17 season on Muscala's contract.[19]

On July 25, 2017, Muscala re-signed with the Hawks.[20] On March 11, 2018, he scored a career-high 19 points in a 129–122 loss to the Chicago Bulls.[21] On March 28, 2018, he set a new career high and led all scorers with 24 points in a 126–114 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.[22]

Philadelphia 76ers (2018–2019)

On July 25, 2018, Muscala was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in a three-team deal involving the Hawks and the Oklahoma City Thunder.[23]

Los Angeles Lakers (2019–present)

On February 6, 2019, Muscala was traded, along with Wilson Chandler, Landry Shamet and a number of future draft picks, to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanović and Mike Scott.[24] The following day, he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac.[25]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Atlanta 20010.8.425.0001.0002.6.4.2.53.8
2014–15 Atlanta 40812.6.550.409.8803.0.6.4.54.9
2015–16 Atlanta 6009.4.500.308.7952.0.6.2.53.3
2016–17 Atlanta 70317.7.504.418.7663.41.4.4.66.2
2017–18 Atlanta 53720.0.458.371.9194.31.0.6.57.6
2018–19 Philadelphia 47622.1.392.342.8184.31.3.4.67.4
Career 2902415.9.470.365.8403.3.9.4.55.7

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014 Atlanta 202.5.000.000.000.0.0.0.0.0
2015 Atlanta 10010.2.606.250.0001.8.1.1.34.2
2016 Atlanta 907.4.500.3331.0001.9.3.0.12.7
2017 Atlanta 6013.5.278.000.8752.7.3.2.52.8
Career 2709.4.479.222.9001.9.2.1.33.1

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Bucknell 301624.8.462.300.8064.9.7.32.19.8
2010–11 Bucknell 343427.8.517.364.8165.51.3.41.914.9
2011–12 Bucknell 353529.9.504.350.8539.01.8.41.617.0
2012–13 Bucknell 343431.7.509.250.78911.12.2.52.318.7
Career 13311928.7.501.313.8198.21.5.42.015.3

See also

References

  1. "Mike Muscala". Bucknell University. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  2. "Arnold Konz, 82". Tri-County News. October 27, 2011.
  3. "All-Patriot League, Major Awards Announced for Men's Basketball". PatriotLeague.org. February 28, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  4. "Delaware's Elena Delle Donne, Ohio State's Aaron Craft top Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Basketball Teams". CoSIDA.com. February 21, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  5. "Hulls Named Finalist for Senior CLASS Award". IUHoosiers.com. CBS Interactive. February 6, 2013. Archived from the original on February 15, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  6. 2012-13 men's basketball all-patriot league team and major awards announced
  7. Top seeds advance in patriot league men's basketball tournament
  8. "ATLANTA HAWKS SELECT DENNIS SCHROEDER AND ACQUIRE LUCAS NOGUEIRA IN FIRST ROUND OF 2013 NBA DRAFT". NBA.com. June 28, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  9. Obradoiro announced Hawks draftee Mike Muscala
  10. Mike Muscala flying to Atlanta to sign with Hawks, agent says
  11. Obradoiro announce an agreement with Hawks for Mike Muscala
  12. HAWKS SIGN MIKE MUSCALA TO CONTRACT
  13. Notebook: Suns 129, Hawks 120
  14. Mike Muscala 2013-14 Game Log
  15. "All-Time NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  16. Mike Muscala 2014-15 Game Log
  17. Mike Muscala 2015-16 Game Log
  18. Mike Muscala Awarded Jason Collier Memorial Trophy
  19. Hawks Bringing Muscala Back Next Season
  20. "Atlanta Hawks Re-Sign Mike Muscala". NBA.com. July 25, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  21. "LaVine, Portis lead Bulls past short-handed Hawks, 129-122". ESPN.com. March 11, 2018. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  22. "Towns' franchise-record 56 lead Wolves over Hawks 126-114". ESPN.com. March 28, 2018. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  23. "Team Acquires Mike Muscala in a Three-Team Deal". NBA.com. July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  24. "L.A. Clippers Aquire Chandler, Muscala, Shamet And Two First Round Draft Picks". NBA.com. February 6, 2019. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  25. "Lakers Acquire Mike Muscala". NBA.com. February 7, 2019. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
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