Emmanuel Mudiay is simply nineteen years old, and in his initial season with the Denver Nuggets, has vie in just eight NBA contests. But Kidd, currently the top coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, already has seen enough to create him believe that Mudiay can at some point be higher than he was.
From Chris gladiator of The Denver Post:
“At 19 years old, he’s very talented,” Kidd said. “He’s running the team, he’s not afraid to take a big shot. Some people have said that he can’t shoot, but he finds a way to put the ball in the basket. I think he enjoys to play the game, and I think for me, watching the tape on him is exciting. To see a 19-year old being able to run a team with his poise, and then also his skills. He has skills at the age of 19.” …
Asked if Mudiay compares favorably to him when he first broke into the NBA back in 1994, Kidd smiled again.
“He’ll be better,” Kidd said. “He’s better already. Being able to run an NBA team at 19 is not easy. You look at some of the greats — Magic (Johnson) was able to do it. And you’re looking at this kid Mudiay, who has the opportunity to do something special. So, I would encourage him to be better than me, and I think he will be at the end of the day.”
Mudiay is averaging 13.1 points, 6.3 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 30.8 minutes, however he is additionally turning the stun a median of 4.4 times per contest. Kidd’s rookie year numbers were similar, and he finished his initial season averaging a trifle over 3 turnovers per game himself.
It’s clearly a trifle early to begin penciling in Mudiay for the Hall of Fame, however it’s ought to feel sensible for him to listen to such high praise coming back from one amongst the simplest to ever play his position.