Nuggets take Emmanuel Mudiay with seventh pick in NBA Draft

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Emmanuel Mudiay, 5, shoots the ball during a game against Team USA on April 12, 2014 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. (Photo: Sam Forencich / Getty Images)

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NEW YORK — In a somewhat surprise move, the Denver Nuggets were able to select point guard Emmanuel Mudiay with the seventh pick of the NBA Draft on Thursday night.

In the weeks leading up to the draft, most projected Mudiay, a Congolese-American who spent last season playing professional basketball in China, to be selected higher. In fact, some experts suggested he might have been the No. 1 overall pick had he decided to declare for the 2014 draft.

One potential reason that he fell to the Nuggets could have been concerns with the people Mudiay has chosen to represent him. Before deciding to play professional basketball abroad, Mudiay had committed to play college basketball in the United States for Southern Methodist University, only to decide against it during the 11th hour.

There has been no shortage of speculation as to why Mudiay made that decision and his current choice of company.

There will likely also be no shortage of speculation about the future of current Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson in the wake the Mudiay selection.

Lawson has reportedly been on the trade block since the Nuggets announced new coach Mike Malone on June 16. The team had concerns about Lawson before that after a lackluster 2014 and rumors he might have quit on fired coach Brian Shaw.

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