Michael Malone explains why Emmanuel Mudiay isn’t playing clutch minutes
The Denver Nuggets made a bold choice by deciding to make Emmnauel Mudiay the starting point guard from day one. Although Mudiay has struggled mightily at times, the repetitions he's gaining as a 19-year-old should pay off down the line.
Lately for Denver, however, head coach Michael Malone has opted to close games with veteran guard Jameer Nelson instead of Mudiay.
Nate Timmons at BSNDenver.com asked Malone why that is:
““Lately, obviously, [Emmanuel Mudiay] has not been shooting the ball well,” said Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone about not closing recent games with his rookie point guard. “he’s one of the higher turnover guys in the NBA and he hasn’t been guarding his position very well.
“So, for anybody on our team, not just for Emmanuel, if you want to play crunch time minutes,” explained Malone. “you have got to be a guy that we can trust with the basketball, that can make the right decision and value the ball, you have to be able to guard your position and hopefully step in and be able to make a shot. We have plenty of guys who have not been able to do that lately. It’s not just on Emmanuel, but obviously lately I’ve gone with Jameer [Nelson] down the stretch. Jameer has made big plays for us. And I have no doubt that Emmanuel will close out a lot of games for us moving forward.”