Emmanuel Mudiay is seen as one of the top guards that will be available in the upcoming 2015 NBA Draft.
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Mudiay decided that instead of playing basketball at SMU after being recruited and committing to head coach Larry Brown’s program, he would be better served playing basketball in China.
So the 6-foot-5, 200 pound point guard from Dallas,Texas signed with Guangdong Southern Tigers for $1.2 million and averaged 18.0 points and 5.9 assists in 12 games shooting 47.8% from the field and 34.2% from three-point land.
While in China he did go head-to-head with someone who would be able to gauge if the point guard truly had the goods to make it on the NBA stage.
That player was former Georgia Tech standout point guard and 12-year NBA pro Stephon Marbury.
Marbury is highly revered in Chinese Basketball circles because of his play with the Beijing Ducks.
When Beijing and Guangdong played against each other, the game pitted Stephon Marbury against Emmanuel Mudiay.
Here are some highlights from their meetings in China via youtube.com.
Emmanuel Mudiay had the opportunity to play alongside Georgia Tech alum Will Bynum and Yi Jianlian who both have played in the NBA as well.
Stephon Marbury as you can see can still handle his business on the basketball court as well, and is a good person to be involved in the Emmanuel Mudiay case study.
After taking the court against Mudiay, Marbury gave this critique of his game via a post on hoopaddict.com by Ryan McNeil:
“He’s a kid who is going to be really good, has a big upside. He’s got real potential, started at 18. He can play at a high level. It’s about the people around (him), and who he surrounds himself with is important to what goes on in his career. He’s got his own style – fast. He’s got a little bit of everybody’s game. What I like about him is he can jump and he’s big, too, a big guard, more of a tweener. He can’t really shoot that well right now, but he’s got point-guard skills, sees the floor really well. He’s definitely an NBA player. The question that teams want to know is if he’ll be impactful for the organization before they invest the top pick. I gave him advice – stay on the right path.”
Mudiay is projected to be a Top Five pick in the NBA draft. Some mock drafts have him going third to the Philadelphia 76ers while others have him going to New York Knicks at the No.4 pick.
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Is Marbury’s endorsement a green light or a wink for the New York Knicks to take Emmanuel Mudiay,especially when you add in that “Coney Island’s Finest” played for the Knicks and would love nothing more than to see the New York team succeed?
The Knicks could use someone like Mudiay and the Marbury endorsement is anything but a bad thing.
It will be interesting to see where he ends up in the end, but having a point guard like Marbury vouch for you is a plus.