Denver Nuggets Need Emmanuel Mudiay to Be a Leader First, Star Second

October 27th, 2016 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

DENVER — Emmanuel Mudiay knows how different the NBA will feel during his sophomore season. Rookie excuses no longer fly for the No. 7 pick in the 2015 draft.

"I'm more relaxed [in my second season]," the Denver Nuggets point guard told Bleacher Report. "I just know what to expect more. The game has slowed down tremendously, so it's going to be fun." 

By all accounts, Mudiay's first season didn't go as smoothly as expected, especially considering he entered with Rookie of the Year aspirations.

He averaged just 12.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game, with shooting percentages (36.4 percent from the field and 31.9 percent from downtown) well below his positional peers. His defense could have politely been called a work in progress against the NBA's myriad talents at point guard. Turnovers reared their ugly heads far too often (3.2 times per game). 

Mudiay's shooting still needs improvement, and this preseason didn't reveal any traction (30 percent from the field). His defense and ability to depress turnover numbers should see progress with the passage of ti ...

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