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Michael Malone wants Emmanuel Mudiay to play much better

The Denver Nuggets are off to an awful start offensively this season, scoring only 97.7 points per 100 possessions and committing 18.1 turnovers per game on average.

One of the main culprits for the offensive inefficiency is 20-year-old point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who is averaging more turnovers than any other starting point guard in the league.

Whilst Mudiay is still very young and only in his second NBA season, Nuggets head coach Michael Malone is becoming frustrated by the lapses in focus, as per Harrison Wind of BSN Denver:

“Same old story, we outscore them 74-70 quarters two, three and four, but you spot them a 15-point lead in the first quarter and we flew the ball all over the gym,” Malone said. “Our turnovers are an epidemic and can’t have our starting point guard averaging five turnovers per game, it’s killing us right now.”

Following a loss against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, Malone reiterated the importance of Mudiay taking care of the ball:

“I think he has to make plays for others,” Malone said. “He got 16 shots up and zero assists. When you’re our starting point guard we need you to run the offense, get guys involved I’m sure they keyed in on him a little bit, but when your shots not falling you have to find other ways to impact the game.”

Mudiay is an incredibly gifted athlete, but in order to lead his team to yearly playoff appearances, he needs to play smarter.

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