Title: ‘He deserves it more than anybody’: Mychal Mulder is Canada’s latest NBA success
Date: March 6, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Mychal Mulder getting a 10-day opportunity with the Warriors, a chance to become Canada’s latest NBA success story.
SAN FRANCISCO — The drive from Windsor, Ont., to Toronto is fairly nondescript. Over roughly four hours on Highway 401, you bump up against London and Kitchener-Waterloo and otherwise pass an endless number of Drumbos and Dorchesters. Windsor is not far from Toronto in the grand scheme of things, but in the Toronto-centric landscape of Canadian basketball, it may as well be.
Mychal Mulder’s unlikely success story starts there, where his high school teams would travel up to eight hours to find competition in American tournaments. It carried on to Vincennes University, a junior college where he plied his trade for two years after receiving just a single Division I offer out of high school. And sure, Mulder transferred to Kentucky, as high-profile a situation as there is in the college game. He also played sparingly off the bench his first year there, then played 10 minutes a night in a specialist role in his walk year. Naturally, Mulder went undrafted, his elite 3-point shooting from Vincennes existing in too small a sample at Kentucky to fight his way onto the radar.
Back at the beginning of a new fight for opportunity, Mulder’s confidence never wavered. Most G League success stories require embracing a road less travelled. The off-radar, unrecruited Windsor native was born on that road, molded by it. Now on a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors, Mulder has little intention of going backwards along that path.