Mychal Mulder

Warriors' Mychal Mulder watched hours of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson film

Warriors' Mychal Mulder watched hours of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson film

Before Mychal Mulder's freshman season at Catholic Central High School, he waited as upperclassmen picked through jerseys with desirable numbers. One of the last players to choose, he found a number that would connect him with a future teammate. 

"I was like, 'OK this is kind of cool, Klay Thompson, number 11,'" Mulder told the Runnin' Plays Podcast. "I always joked if I ever get a chance, I'd fight him for that number 11." 

Now a member of the Warriors, Mulder is reconciling playing alongside Thompson and Steph Curry while taking advantage of watching their games up close. 

"Yeah, I studied countless hours of both those guys," he said. "Being a shooter myself, I was really studying the way those guys get open, setting screens for each other, the way that they're constantly moving."

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Mulder's connection to the Thompsons makes sense. His father, Randy, a huge Lakers fan, named his baby boy Mychal after Klay's father, who played four seasons in Los Angeles, bringing his career full circle. 

"If you go to my house, there's all types of Lakers gear, guy has hundreds of hats and coats," Mulder said. "He's got all the old VHS from the games from the '80s. Just growing up, I was a Lakers fan, I was born into basketball and his love for basketball came out in me, and he instilled a lot of things in me that I'm fortunate to have." 

Mulder, 25, played in six games with the Warriors, averaging 11 points per game, including an 18-point performance against the Philadelphia 76ers. Along the way, he was among the team's leaders in plus-minus (plus-33) and shot 30.8 percent from 3-point range, using everything Thompson and Curry taught him from afar.

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"That's a job I always wanted. Klay, in particular, I studied him a lot, the way he moves without the basketball and gets in position to get open," Mulder said. "I had studied tons and tons of hours on that and tried to add that to my game as well."

"I'm super excited to be in the locker room with those guys, to be able to grow. I feel like they'll help me grow tremendously during my time with them."

Mychal Mulder shares details of night Warriors offered 10-day contract

Mychal Mulder shares details of night Warriors offered 10-day contract

On Feb. 25, 2020, former Warriors guard Jarrett Jack made a free throw with one second remaining to lift the Sioux Falls Skyforce to a 100-99 win over the Austin Spurs in an intense G League battle.

Sioux Falls shooting guard Mychal Mulder did not have a memorable performance -- 11 points (4-for-12 overall, 2-for-10 3s), nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and two turnovers in over 32 minutes of action.

But his life changed forever later that night when he got a call from Kent Lacob of the Golden State Warriors.

"We just got done playing a game maybe a couple hours before, and I had a couple of my teammates at the house," Mulder explained to SportsByline. "We were just hanging around playing "UNO" (the card game) -- normal decompression stuff like that. Just hanging out, talking about the game -- it was close. Jarrett Jack actually game'd it for us -- winning on a free throw.

"And we're all just sitting there talking about that, and my phone rings from a number I didn't recognize so I didn't answer it. And then I got a text that was like, 'Hey Mike. This is Kent (Lacob) from Golden State. Sorry to call you so late but it's time-sensitive so give me a shout when you can.' Obviously I picked my phone up immediately and called.

"He's like, 'I have some good news for you.' And I just started smiling immediately because him calling my phone already is good news to me. There couldn't have been any negative aspect to that. So when he said they were ready to offer a 10-day (contract), that was something that was really satisfying for me -- a moment that I had been waiting on since I turned pro.

"To have it be with the Golden State Warriors -- it couldn't have been a better fit. Me and my teammates were in the house yelling and getting excited. And then I got to call my parents and tell them I finally got the call. That was special and I don't think I'll ever forget that."

Mulder certainly made the most of his opportunity.

After a non-descript NBA debut vs. the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 27, he averaged 14.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists over the next five games, while shooting 40 percent from 3-point territory.

The 25-year-old was rewarded with a contract through the remainder of the season -- plus non-guarantees in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

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Unfortunately, the NBA season was suspended just before the Warriors were about to play road games against the Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons. Mulder grew up just outside the "Motor City."

"He finally made it and we were getting ready to play games in Toronto and Detroit -- where he was gonna have tons of family -- and celebrate his accomplishments," coach Steve Kerr said two weeks ago. "He was having the time of his life."

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Why Warriors' Steve Kerr feels bad for Mychal Mulder amid NBA shutdown

Why Warriors' Steve Kerr feels bad for Mychal Mulder amid NBA shutdown

Nobody thought Mychal Mulder was going to play in the NBA.

After receiving just one scholarship offer in high school, he went to junior college for two years. He barely played at all his junior year at Kentucky, and then averaged 10.6 minutes per game during his senior season.

He then played for the G League's Windy City Bulls for two seasons, and started the 2019-20 campaign with the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Mulder's dreams came true when the Warriors signed him to a 10-day contract on Feb. 27. The 25-year-old impressed Golden State enough to earn a contract through the remainder of the season.

The Warriors were scheduled to play road games at the Toronto Raptors on March 16 and the Detroit Pistons on March 20. But as we all know, the NBA suspended the season March 11, which was unfortunate timing for Mulder, who grew up just outside of Detroit in Windsor, Ontario.

"I was speaking with Mike Mulder the day we met, just before everybody went their separate ways.," Kerr told reporters on a conference call last Tuesday. "It's such a strange time for him. He finally made it and we were getting ready to play games in Toronto and Detroit -- where he was gonna have tons of family -- and celebrate his accomplishments.

"He was having the time of his life. A guy like Mike -- living in the hotel in San Francisco -- just trying to sort through everything. We've tried to provide our players with any kind of advice, any kind of help that we can."

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Mulder struggled the last time the Dubs took the floor nearly two weeks ago against the Los Angeles Clippers.

But he averaged 14.4 points on 40 percent shooting from 3-point range in the prior five games.

Like Kerr said, Mulder was having the time of his life.

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