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1.5 pt., 1.3 reb., 0 starts for NBA career
8.8 pt., 4.7 reb., 1.1 blk. at Ohio State
24th overall pick in 2009 NBA draft
If ever there was a player who could fool teams with a combination of tantalizing size, length and athleticism, then Mullens is it.
He produced 26 points and 15 rebounds as a high school senior and proved himself worthy of being an elite recruit with his talents, but it was very clear in his single season for the Buckeyes he was not quite ready for the league.
Despite the inexperience, developing basketball IQ, unpolished offensive play and numerous red flags surrounding his game, the potential to be drafted was clearly too much for him to ignore. Mullens would have been taken even higher if he would have stuck around and refined his NCAA play and may have even been a top pick in a class like the 2011 draft.
In Oklahoma City, he’s a project that has seen the floor in only 26 games over two seasons, and it's not expected to get any easier for him. Behind the likes of Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka, Nick Collison, Nazr Mohammed and Cole Alrdich, minutes are going to be tough to come by. He is still a tremendous talent with big-time gifts and upside, but there is a lot to figure in the way of if he will ever learn how to play within the team game, develop his talent or even become a factor in the league.
It's calling him a bust early, but I don’t see where he ever gets the opportunity in an ideal situation in the league to ever be more than a sparsely used backup because of his inexperience, lower basketball IQ and lack of polish.