Point guard Emmanuel Mudiay has been diagnosed with a right ankle sprain, according to the Denver Nuggets‘ PR team.
The second-year player was pulled out of Friday's preseason game against the Golden State Warriors after suffering the injury. He played for 20 minutes, posting nine points and two assists during his shortened outing.
Mudiay averaged 12.8 points, 5.5 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game during his rookie campaign, showing constant flashes of athleticism and point guard savvy. He'll be asked to cut down on his turnovers and develop himself into a floor general, not just a playmaker.
“Emmanuel has been fantastic. We went into this thing with eyes wide open,” Nuggets GM Tim Connelly told Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post. “We knew there would be a lot of ups, maybe more downs. He’s playing the position that, to me, is the most talent-rich position in basketball. The point guards you face on a night-to-night basis are so impressive. I like his resiliency. I think he’s grown immensely.”
While a timetable for the recovery has not been given, expect Jameer Nelson to handle the point guard duties until Emmanuel Mudiay's impending return.