"It was a crazy night, a crazy draft," Muscala said. "It was a little frustrating at times when I wasn't getting picked, but the goal is to get drafted. Once the draft is over, it's just about playing basketball and everybody is on an even playing field. It's wide open once you get picked."
The Hawks drafted Brazilian center Lucas Noguiera and German point guard Dennis Schroeder in the first round and Muscala in the second round. Chris Mannix, who covers the NBA for Sports Illustrated, gave the Hawks a draft grade of A-minus and wrote "I love Muscala in the second round; Muscala was one of the most productive players in college basketball last season."
Muscala's first crack at the pro game comes in the summer league in a few weeks. Muscala said he will work out in Atlanta for a week or so before heading to Las Vegas for the summer league. The Hawks will be one of 22 teams that will play 61 games in 10 days in the summer league beginning on July 12. From there, Muscala said he will head home before returning for training camp in the fall.
"It was a long process, but I'm glad it has worked out," Muscala said. "I'm excited for the opportunity and am ready to take this next step."
Atlanta will have a new head coach this year in Mike Budenholzer, who left the Spurs after a long tenure there. He takes over a Hawks team that went 44-38 this year, finishing behind Miami in the Southeast Division. Atlanta lost to Indiana in six games in the opening round of the NBA playoffs.