Emmanuel Mudiay has a solid overall skill set, but is a bit of a mystery to teams as the NBA Draft approaches.
Mudiay chose to play in China last season after facing eligibility issues as a freshman at SMU. But an ankle injury limited him to only nine games during the regular season (and a couple of playoff appearances), so the sample size is unusually small for teams considering selecting him with a high lottery pick.
Mudiay will get the chance to make his case to a few of those teams at the top of the draft board with in-person workouts in the coming weeks.
From Adam Zagoria of SNY.TV:
Larry Brown says Emmanuel Mudiay is expected to work out for the Lakers, Sixers and Knicks, the teams picking 2, 3 and 4 in the NBA Draft.
A second source told SNY.tv that the order of the workouts will go Lakers first, Knicks second and then the
Sixers last. Mudiay has been working out in New York, including at House of Sports in Ardsley to prepare for NBA workouts.
“Emmanuel Mudiay is going to make everyone on his team better,” Brown, the former Knicks and current SMU coach, told The 4 Quarters Podcast on Monday.
It’s difficult to see Mudiay impressing enough to cause the Lakers to pass on Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor at two, but the Sixers at three and the Knicks at four are both reasonable candidates that could be convinced.
Our mock draft has D’Angelo Russell at three and Justise Winslow at four, but things will remain fluid until June 25 is upon us.