With over half the regular season games in the rearview mirror, it is time for someone, anyone, to step up and join De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe and Bam Adebayo as a regular contributor. This team is still one steady player away and someone needs to elevate their game in this final half of the season.
Today, Wenyen Gabriel and Mychal Mulder each played their best games of the season (and I guess you could say in their careers) to make their case for more playing time moving forward. Gabriel hit two three-pointers and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds with two blocks in his career-high 29 minutes; while Mulder scored 12 points for his first time in double figures since late November.
John Calipari was very complimentary of both players, although he told Gabriel it would’ve been a double-double if he would hit his free throws. When asked about the other aspects of Gabriel’s game today, Cal said, “Whew, Wow!”
Hopefully we’ll see more of the same from both guys in the games to come.