The Golden State Warriors have made the decision to officially bring Mychal Mulder onto the roster for the start of the regular season.
With the 2020-21 NBA season just days away the Golden State Warriors had a major decision to make as to who will be their 15th man on the roster.
That decision came down to Mychal Mulder or Juan Toscano-Anderson, and Mulder came out the victor after impressing in the preseason.
After waiving Axel Toupane, Dwayne Sutton and Kaleb Wesson, Mulder and Toscano-Anderson, both on non-guaranteed deals were practically assured they will be staying around in the Bay Area this season, regardless of whether that was a two-way deal or a full-time contract.
Prior to the Denver game, San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau reported that Mulder was the favorite to claim the final spot, and after a clutch display in the Denver game it felt like a foregone conclusion he would remain in the Bay.
Mulder brings value as a three-and-d player and is widely considered the best shooter on the roster, aside from Steph Curry. While the Canadian has already impressed in limited regular season games.
In five of his seven appearances in the regular season, Mulder shot 40 percent (16-for-40) from three-point range and impressed in the Warriors’ opening preseason game against the Nuggets with his clutch shooting.
Mulder belongs on this roster that is crying out for a prolific three-point. Given that the Warriors shot only 24-83 in their opening two preseason games and take out Curry’s seven threes, that becomes a percentage of just under 27%.
While the Canadian is effective on the defensive end bringing great length, physicality and athleticism. If the Warriors waive Mulder, he will likely be claimed on waivers elsewhere given cheap shooting is hard to find.
As for the Toscano-Anderson, he possesses value as a high-energy wing and is most effective in short bursts. Given his extended ties to the organization, he will likely return on a two-way deal as he continues his development.
The wing spent time playing in the G-League for Santa Cruz before getting promoted to the NBA roster after the trade deadline last year.
Toscano-Anderson earned more playing time than many expected as Andrew Wiggins’ backup, averaging 5.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and over 20.3 minutes per game in the coronavirus shortened campaign.
Nonetheless, it is almost certain that he’ll make it through waivers, which feels almost guaranteed given the fact he struggled in the preseason and would likely earn the second two-way spot, next to Nico Mannion.