Gold Nugget: Emmanuel Mudiay Looks Like More Than Rookie of the Year Candidate

November 10th, 2015 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

DENVER — Two weeks into his career with the Denver Nuggets, Emmanuel Mudiay has already faced off against a gauntlet of top-notch NBA point guards. He battled against former Denver floor general Ty Lawson in his rookie debut and has since clashed with Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard. 

And, despite his easy-going demeanor and the limited number of years he's spent on this planet, he's held his own. 

"I keep on reminding everyone that he's 19," Nuggets head coach Mike Malone espoused after his star rookie was up to the challenge against Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. "I have to remind myself of that at times."

Handed the starting job from day one, Mudiay has averaged 12.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks during his first seven appearances. Even when including the shabby shooting percentage (33 percent from the field) and turnover woes (4.9 per game) that so often plague first-year floor generals, it's not hard to see a young man who can be molded into a star. 

Some players would shrink when faced with such ...

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