Scouting Report: Emmanuel Mudiay

Emmanuel Mudiay is a point guard for the Guangdong Southern Tigers. Mudiay is 6’5 with a 6’9 wingspan. For the year, Mudiay averaged 31.5 minutes per game, 18.0 points per game, 5.9 assists per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, 1.6 steals per game, while shooting 47.8% from the field, and 34.2% from three.

*Emmanuel Mudiay injured his ankle during the season and was limited to just 12 games for the Guangdong Southern Tigers.

Pros:

  • True point guard
  • Unselfish player
  • Great size
  • Great speed
  • Dynamic athleticism
  • Fantastic ball handler
  • Amazing court vision
  • High basketball IQ
  • Great pick-and-roll player
  • Finishes strong
  • Good rebounding guard
  • Wreaks havoc in passing lanes
  • Desire to be elite on defense
  • High potential

Cons:

  • Streaky shooter
  • Needs a more consistent mid-range shot
  • Needs work on free throw consistency
  • Turnover prone
  • Needs to show better leadership qualities

Overall:

Injuries derailed what looked like to be an very successful stop for Mudiay in China. With what information we can gather from his limited playing time with grown men in a professional league, Mudiay was clearly one of the best players out there. Mudiay brings a unique skill set to the table with his size, speed, athleticism, poise, and basketball knowledge. Being a true point guard, Mudiay has great vision of the court and is always looking to find his teammates. His knowledge of the game allows for him to exploit defenses with his nasty handle, allowing him to get to the rim, which leads to a basket or free throws. Free throw accuracy is a must improve for Mudiay, who was atrocious from the line this past season. Shooting in general could use some work for Mudiay with professional coaches as his mid-range and three point shot is not yet reliable. As a rebounder, Mudiay is very good at crashing the boards and doing the dirty work. Defensively, Mudiay has all the desire to be a force on that end. With his length and speed, Mudiay wreaks havoc in passing lanes, leading to easy transition points. On his man, Mudiay is rarely seen off of him always putting pressure on him. Overall, Mudiay is an elite prospect due to his point guard skills, such as IQ, speed, ball handling, court vision, defense, and limitless potential. Mudiay needs work on his shooting consistency from every part of the court. With the help of a shooting coach this problem should be remedied. Mudiay is looking at getting drafted in the top five with the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers being the prime inquirers of Mudiay’s skills.

Pro Comparison:

John Wall

Both of these two men were seen as electrifying, true point guards destined to be elite at the professional level. Both possess great confidence in their games. Speed and ball handling is off the charts for these two players as they can blow by anyone or out maneuver you in sticky situations. Wall and Mudiay’s ability to see the court and find teammates at the speed they play at make it truly amazing to watch. These two shared a common weakness coming into the league and that was shooting. Their shot was not flawed, just consistency was an issue, and with the right coaching this is easily correctable. They both are also not a constant three point threat but do have the ability to hit a three. Another flaw that is shared by Wall and Mudiay is they can become turnover prone, but being point guards this is a very common problem, so most teams have stopped viewing this weakness as a huge issue. On the defensive side of the court both use their length and speed to bring havoc to opposing teams, which then turns into transition offense for their respected teams. Wall is also a good rebounder much like Mudiay. With his intangibles, Mudiay has the talent to become one of the top point guards in the league. Playing for one of the lottery teams will allow for him to find his own at the professional level and develop his offensive consistency, leading for him to have no rush to be an All-Star from the start.

By: Mac Crowe @Mac_Truck17

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