Mychal Mulder is quickly becoming one of the more inspirational stories of the John Calipari era.
A former four-star JUCO recruit, Mulder signed with Kentucky for the 2015-16 season, though he never could quite carve out a role with the Wildcats during his two-year college stint. Even so, just being able to make it to a prestigious school like Kentucky after beginning his college career in the JUCO ranks is a great story itself.
And to be fair, Mulder had to play behind guys like Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe, Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox during his time in Lexington. But through it all, Mulder kept working hard to achieve his dreams of playing in the NBA, even if his college career didn’t quite go as he’d hoped.
After graduating, Mulder passed on more luxurious offers overseas to instead grind it out in the NBA G-League for less money, hoping his hard work would eventually pay off with a spot in the NBA.
It took almost three full years, but Mulder’s dream eventually came true in February when the Golden State Warriors signed him to a 10-day contract.
Mulder would hit the ground running and make the most of his opportunity, averaging 12.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 29.5 minutes across six games (2 starts).
Last week, Mulder recorded a career-high 18 points in the Warriors’ win over the 76ers, which was likely the final test he needed to pass before earning his first multi-year NBA contract.
Today, the Warriors announced that Mulder had agreed to a multi-year deal. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but it will at least ensure Mulder is on the roster for the remainder of the season while having a good shot at making it again in the 2020-21 campaign.
Despite all of the adversity Mulder has faced throughout his career, he never gave up, and he’s now getting to live out his NBA dream. This story should serve as an inspiration to any hoops player that doesn’t make the NBA right out of college.
Here’s to hoping this turns into a long and productive career for the former Wildcat.