7. Mike Muscala
Mike Muscala provides a solution to the Houston Rockets’ size issue and their lack of offensive firepower, as the 6-foot-11 forward is a career 36.1 percent 3-point shooter, which is a combination that the Rockets simply don’t have on the roster.
The 28-year-old big man has had a hard time cracking the rotation in Oklahoma City, averaging 13 minutes per night, which are his fewest minutes since his 2015-16 season with the Atlanta Hawks. Speaking of the Hawks, that’s where Muscala first showcased his ability, as he shot a career 37.8 percent from deep over the course of his five years in Atlanta.
This season, Muscala has posted per 36 averages of 12.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.5 assists, which is the type of all-around game the Rockets could use. Granted, his 3-point shooting has dipped to 33.3 percent this season, but he’s shot better from downtown over the course of the previous five seasons. During that span, Muscala shot 37 percent from downtown, which also includes two seasons in which he shot 40 percent or better.
Although Muscala currently holds a true shooting percentage of 52.9 percent, he’s had a true shooting percentage of at least 56 percent in each of the last four years, which is further proof of what he can provide for the Houston Rockets.
Muscala is a realistic possibility for the Rockets, as his contract situation makes him easily attainable. The Bucknell product is under contract through the 2020-21 season but at a relatively low cost for the Thunder, as he’s set to only make 2.28 million next year, on top of his team-friendly salary of two million this season.
The Thunder will certainly be looking to buy him out considering the fact that there’s no trade market for him around the league.
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