Mike Muscala didn't have to wait long to make his NBA debut with the Atlanta Hawks. Mike Budenholzer went with the rookie midway through the first quarter. Muscala talked about his debut after the game with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"It felt great. I didn't have as many butterflies as I thought, to be honest."
Muscala ended up playing 19 minutes and gave Budenholzer another option for his frontcourt. He played some center and played alongside starter Elton Brand in a couple of different alignments. Muscala finished with four points on 2-6 shooting to go along with five rebounds. He showed off a more than capable shooting touch that was apparent during his stint in the Vegas Summer League.
Overall his debut wasn't bad. He showed pretty good speed getting up and down the court and was as aware as any other Atlanta defender on a night when the entire team struggled to get stops.