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Last night two of the top point guard’s from the 2015 NBA Draft went at it as D’Angelo Russell’s Lakers took on Emmanuel Mudiay’s Nuggets.
The Nuggets handed the Lakers their fourth straight loss and Mudiay outplayed Russell. Coming into last night’s game, Lakers head coach Byron Scott said the team picked Russell over Mudiay in the draft because he felt that Russell was a better decision maker and that Mudiay wasn’t a “true point guard”. Via InsideSoCal:
“They passed up on me; that’s definitely a motivation,” Mudiay told Los Angeles News Group after morning shootaround at West Chester High School. “They took another point guard ahead of me. I’m a point guard. So I guess they saw something in [Russell] that they didn’t see in me.”
“I didn’t think he was a true point guard,” Scott said of Mudiay. “I didn’t think he was a guy who made great decisions when we saw him and had him here. I thought that was something he would have to learn to do to run that position.”
This fired the 19-year-old up and he took to Twitter to address Scott’s comments after the Nuggets beat the Lakers.
Emmanuel Mudiay, after collecting 10 assists tonight: "Thank you Byron Scott for saying I'm not a point guard." #Nuggets
— Chris Dempsey (@dempseypost) November 4, 2015