After two seasons playing for Golden State, Mychal Mulder will now be playing in the sunshine state. The Orlando Magic announced on Tuesday that they had signed the Canadian guard to a two-way contract.
“I’m excited,” Mulder told Orlando media. “It’s a great opportunity. It’s a great organization, I've been a fan of Orlando for a really long time. I’m really excited to be here and excited to take on the challenge.”
Mulder comes to Orlando following an extended stay with the Warriors. After initially signing a 10-day contract with Golden State in February 2020, Mulder was given a full contract with the team and saw action in 67 games with Golden State, averaging 6.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game. The 27-year-old Etobicoke, Ontario native who grew up in Windsor, Ontario, has worked hard to earn his place in the NBA. After going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft, Mulder was selected 9th overall by the Windy City Bulls in the 2017 NBA G League Draft. Following two seasons with the Windy City Bulls, Mulder played for the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Miami Heat’s G League affiliate.
When the sharpshooting Mulder did get signed by the Warriors, he made sure to make the most of the unique opportunity to share the court with Steph Curry and Golden State’s other NBA All-Stars.
“Obviously as a shooter myself, there’s a lot of things I could sponge from being around Steph, so much, but a lot of it was the mental side of things, staying confident, staying ready,” Mulder said. “Not just Steph, but talking to Klay [Thompson], Draymond [Green], it was really helpful for me. There’s a lot of things physically, but I think the mental side is really important as well.”
The grind from college to G League to the NBA can be a tough one. Breaking into the NBA isn’t just about getting there, it’s about showing that you deserve to stay.
“Every opportunity is a chance to display and show what you can do in this league,” Mulder said. “Ever since I was a young child my goal has been to play at the highest level and prove I can belong. That’s the approach I’ve always had with it and that’s the approach I’m going to continue to have.”
Though Mulder is still in the early stages of his own NBA career, at 27 he’s one of the oldest players on a young Magic team’s roster. With the journey he’s been on, and the NBA superstars he’s gotten to learn from, Mulder has plenty of life advice to pass along to his younger teammates.
“Stay the course,” he said. “Continue to stay ready. I played on a lot of great teams, [I’ve had] a lot of great teammates. I’ve been really fortunate in that area with awesome coaches and awesome staff, and a lot of opportunities to get better, to continue to grow and develop as my career has gone on.
“That’s what I want to continue to do,” Mulder said. “Continue to get better and maximize my potential as a basketball player. One day the ball stops bouncing for everybody and the last thing I want is to say, ‘I wish I would have done more.’ Troy to get advantage of every opportunity in front of you. That’s what I aspire to do and that’s what I will continue to do.”
In addition to his time with the Warriors, Mulder has also played for Team Canada. He represented Canada in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament this past June in Victoria, averaging 7.8 minutes over three games with the Senior Men’s National Team.