With the influx of new Sixers to the roster at the trade deadline, we decided to be nice enough to give you all a formal introduction to them and their talents. First at bat is Byron Mullens. No, not Byron Mullets, Mullens.
The most important thing to know?
Byron Mullens spent the two years of his career in basketball purgatory, aka the Charlotte Bobcats. Spending time with the franchise can do inglorious wonders to the mental frame of a player, right Gerald Wallace? But, Mullens looks talented based on statistics. He’s not the prettiest thing to look at, but he’s a PF/C combo that stands at 7-0 tall and 275 lbs. That’s some pretty good size, although at times it’s aware he doesn’t know how to use it. Mullens is 25 years old and was a first-round selection of the Mavericks in the 2009 NBA Draft, before he was shipped over to OKC.
He spent the first two seasons of his career with Oklahoma City averaging 1.5 points in 5.3 minutes per game. Obviously, the playing time wasn’t there. His most productive seasons came with the Charlotte Bobcats, because even I could get 20 minutes per game on that team. In two seasons in Charlotte, Mullens averaged 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds on 41 percent shooting from the field and 30 percent from deep. I mean, he can make a long ball, but nothing like our former love — Spencer Hawes. Someone, somewhere on this Earth decided to make a Byron Mullens mix of his 2011-2012 season in Charlotte, so enjoy:
He came over from the Clippers, where he saw limited action in his half-season in Los Angeles. Mullens scored 2.5 points in 6.2 minutes per game. He was a backup big with the Clippers, but things will get a lot different in Philadelphia.
What can Byron Mullens do for the Sixers?
Well..I’m not sure. I’ll admit, I’m a lot higher on Mullens then most people. He’s a huge body that has some potential to shoot. Then again, I have an obsession with bigger guys who have somewhat of a reliable stroke. To be honest, he’s never been an efficient player and most of the times he looks very confused on a basketball court.
Then again, he’s only 25 years old and the only consistent minutes he received was in Charlotte. He’s going to have half a season to prove he can do SOMETHING consistent on a court. Most likely, he will be out of here by seasons end, but it will still be interesting to watch. I know one thing, it will be better than having to watch Lavoy Allen play basketball on an NBA court again.
Like I said, he doesn’t have the best shot selection, which can be bolstered by this video:
So, all in all?
It’s probably not going to be pretty, but who really knows? He’s going to receive a lot of minutes and it will probably be fun to watch. He’s a downgrade from Spencer Hawes in essence, but he’s still sort of new and fresh to the team. He won’t help this team win any games, which is another positive. He’s a huge presence that plays outside of the paint — a common theme in today’s NBA. Don’t expect much from Mullen’s on a basketball court this season — but you probably didn’t in the first place.