Emmanuel Mudiay Mocks Lakers For Drafting D’Angelo Russell Ahead Of Him
Emmanuel Mudiay, the Denver Nuggets’ rookie point guard, made a telling statement Tuesday with his first career double-double against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. The match-up was his first head-to-head showdown with fellow rookie point guard, D’Angelo Russell.Advertisement
Mudiay (12 points, 10 assists) dominated Russell (7 points, 6 assists) as the Denver Nuggets defeated the Lakers 120-109 to improve their season record to 2-2. In June’s NBA Draft, the Lakers selected Russell with the precious No 2 overall pick ahead of Congo’s Mudiay.
Prior to the game, Lakers coach Byron Scott said that when he observed Mudiay during the pre-draft workouts, he concluded that “Mudiay wasn’t a true point guard” and “didn’t think he was a guy who made great decisions.”
Clearly, these comments didn’t go down well with Mudiay. After defeating the Lakers on Tuesday, Mudiay returned the favor. “Thank you Byron Scott for saying I’m not a point guard.”
Mudiay, who played in China prior to June’s NBA draft, proceeded to mock the Lakers organization to pass up on him. “They (Lakers) passed up on me; that’s definitely a motivation,” he said. “They took another point guard ahead of me. I’m a point guard. So I guess they saw something in (Russell) that they didn’t see in me.”
Mudiay, who shockingly dropped to the 7th pick in the draft, appears more NBA-ready with his size, athleticism, quickness and ability to blow past defenders. On the other hand, Russell looks perplexed when on the court and is still adjusting to the pace of the NBA game. It’s clear that Mudiay has fared better of the two guards, at least so far.