Conventional numbers don’t tell the entire story of recent Miami Heat training camp invitee Mychal Mulder.
Figures from the 2016 University of Kentucky Combine Measurements and Analysis exhibit that Bam Adebayo’s former roommate Mulder has huge hands (10.75”), 44” max vertical, and a lane agility ranking among “the best ever recorded.”
Let’s compare Mulder’s numbers with De’Aaron Fox and Adebayo from the UK Combine.
- Height w/shoes: Fox 6’3.25”, Mulder 6’4.5”, Adebayo 6’10”
- Weight: Fox 185 lb, Mulder 187 lb, Adebayo 258 lb
- Wingspan: Fox 6’4.5”, Mulder 6’8”, Adebayo 7’1.5”
- Hand length: Fox 8”, Mulder 10”, Adebayo 9”
- Hand width: Fox 9.25”, Mulder 10.75”, Adebayo 9”
- Max vertical: Fox 38.5”, Mulder 44”, Adebayo 39.5”
- ¾ Court sprint: Fox 3.18, Mulder 3.15, Adebayo 3.29
- Lane agility: Fox 10.81, Mulder 10.18, Adebayo 11.89
- Shuttle: Fox 2.81, Mulder 2.86, Adebayo 3.04
The stats don’t surprise since “Mychal also competed in Football and Track & Field for Catholic Central, he won a City Championship in High Jump.”
Coming out of the University of Kentucky, the Canadian Mulder had the body of a NBA guard, but lacked the skills demonstrated by lottery prospects such as Fox.
Subsequently in the 2019 NBA G League Elite Camp testing stats garnered by Mulder, he had some great numbers, but his max vertical dropped to 40” from 44”, and he struggled in the games he where was miscast as a center or forward.
When not challenged by skilled defenders, Mulder runs the court smoothly and finishes above the rim with authority.
However Jaxson Hayes turned the tables on Mulder in the Summer League with a ferocious dunk of his own.
Like Rodney McGruder, under the right conditions Mulder may develop into a solid role player with his deft scoring touch.
The renown Miami Heat Culture thinks outside of the box by maximizing a player’s innate abilities, which previous programs often overlook, and develop them into tangible basketball skills.
With his elite agility and quickness Mulder presents opportunities besides those of only spacing the floor with his outside shot.
The next month could prove to be more competitive in qualifying for minutes on the court than past training camps, in part due to the disappointing finish of the “Last Dance.”
On a different note Derrick Jones Jr. and Mulder could produce a rivalry of their own through October despite Jones Jr.’s 4” height advantage.