When the Denver Nuggets selected Emmanuel Mudiay with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 draft, Mudiay was viewed as the future franchise point guard and a key young cornerstone for an up-and-coming team.
Mudiay had a solid statistical rookie season even though he didn’t shoot the ball well. The athletic guard averaged 12.8 points and 5.5 assists while shooting 36.4 percent from the field and 31.9 percent from three in 66 starts.
The Nuggets had high hopes for Mudiay’s second year. The front office were hopeful he would take and show more command of the offense and improve his outside stroke.
Mudiay, however, lost his starting job to rookie Jamal Murray — who is one of the best young sharpshooters in the league — and hasn’t rebounded well from his benching.
It’s a big reason why the Nuggets have been shopping the third-year guard, according to a report by The New York Post:
“Mudiay’s shooting and playmaking also have been concerning. Mudiay is a career 37.2 percent shooter, and sources say the Nuggets have attempted to trade him multiple times. He has lost his starting job to Jamal Murray. ‘He failed as a starter,’ the NBA scout said. ‘He never became a good decision-maker, and he’s not a good shooter.'”
Mudiay is putting up 9.6 points this season in 29 games off the bench.