We’re over half way through the NBA season and with the focus on the trade deadline this week, many are wondering about who is going to be a part of the Hawks’ future. In light of this, it’s time to check in on a potential future Hawk, Mike Muscala, who is over half way through his first season in Spain.
The 2013 second-round pick has spent the last five months playing for Rio Natura Monbus of Liga Endesa, the top league in Spain. Monbus sits in 11th in the League table at 8-11, currently on a four-game winning streak. Mike has been one of the important pieces for his team and has hit double digits in scoring in all but one of his appearances so far this season. Mike is averaging 14.5 points and 8.2 rebounds in 26.6 minutes per game and has been shooting 53.3% from the field in the process. His success offensively has kept him in the top 10 in scoring in the Spanish league among players such as Nikola Mirotic and Andres Nocioni. He also is currently leading the league in rebounding, ahead of potential 2014 draftee Ondrej Balvin.
The success Muscala is having overseas is certainly a positive for the Hawks as they approach the trade deadline. His numbers have improved from his time at Bucknell, where he shot just over 50% in his four year college career, and the prospect of seeing him in a Hawks jersey next season will only seem more likely as his campaign continues. For now, it’ll be interesting to see if Muscala’s future has any effect on the other front court players that are currently on the roster, such as Elton Brand and Gustavo Ayon. Things will become a bit clearer when the Summer League rolls around in July.