Malone: I have to remind everyone Emmanuel Mudiay is 19 years old

Nuggets rookie Emmanuel Mudiay had a breakout game against Portland.
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Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone has put a lot on rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay's playe. Mudiay was handed the starting job from day one, and he's played crunch time minutes for the Nuggets in close games.

Mudiay has had an up-and-down season thus far, showing flashes of brilliance along with out of control moments where the turnovers come in bunches.

But Malone is preaching patience. Here's what he told Matt Moore at Eye on Basketball:

“I don't know if he truly understands what a good shot and a bad shot is yet,” Malone said. “I think he gets himself in trouble sometimes. He leaves his feet not knowing what he's doing, 'Am I shooting, am I passing,' and he gets himself in trouble.”

“I have to remind everyone, he's 19 [years old]. I have to remind myself that. Late in the game, I put the ball in his hands. It's a great opportunity for him to grow up. This is a great experience. You can't duplicate that in practice. And he made big plays for us. And the great thing is, he's not scared, he didn't shy away from it.”

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