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Jun 25, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Emmanuel Mudiay (China) greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number seven overall pick to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Emmanuel Mudiay

Mudiay was great in Summer League, and is yet another player on a team dying for wins. His position will allow him to do very well. The Denver Nuggets are in need of a hero, and everything about him — down to his troubled past as a youngster in the Dominican — screams for him to be that hero.

Mudiay has great ball handles that let him insert himself in games close to the hoop, making it easier for him to score. He appeared extremely comfortable and at ease from behind the three point line, making it apparent that this was a weapon he would use.

Mudiay is a balanced player who can score on his own, but also works well as a facilitator, appearing to be smart and appearing to know when to shoot and when to pass, at least based on Summer League games.

Does Mudiay Pose A Threat To ROY?

Mudiay is light years ahead of other players in his position at his age, but I still don’t think he’s going to win the ROY award. He will do great as a Nugget and lead them to a better season, but the competition in the rookie class is dense this season.

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