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Jazz Rank: Emmanuel Mudiay voted 11th

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The free agent specifically came here for development.

Emmanuel Mudiay was the 7th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. By default, that means he’s about to have a career year for the Utah Jazz. Heading into his 5th season, Mudiay hasn’t yet lived up to the potential of a top 10 pick. That being said, he had a solid year for a terrible Knicks team last season.

Mudiay hit free agency this summer, and came out of it with just a 1 year minimum deal of $1.7 million dollars. But he’s coming to Utah with a purpose. The Jazz have a strong reputation of developing players and Mudiay wants to take advantage of that opportunity.

Honestly, it’s difficult to know who Mudiay truly is after his 2 years in New York. Terrible franchises tend to get limited return on their draft pick and player investments. I think Mudiay could develop into a solid backup point guard under the right tutelage. And Quin Snyder is the perfect type of coach to learn and grow your game under.

538 projects that Mudiay will play 7 minutes per game, which sounds about right. Between Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, and Royce O’Neale (unless he starts at power forward), there might not be a lot of guard minutes to go around. Miye Oni has probably earned a few minutes as well, so Mudiay will have to work hard and fast to earn his minutes.

With a better culture and a better coaching staff, I’m optimistic Mudiay could provide great value on a minimum deal. It’s a really low risk move by the Jazz front office, and one that could pay significant free agency dividends if he does indeed improve and get a bigger deal and opportunity because of it.

We’ve made it to the top 10!

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Who is the 10th most valuable player on the Utah Jazz roster?

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  • 0%
    Bojan Bogdanovic
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Mike Conley
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Ed Davis
    (10 votes)
  • 47%
    Dante Exum
    (182 votes)
  • 0%
    Rudy Gobert
    (3 votes)
  • 2%
    Jeff Green
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Joe Ingles
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Donovan Mitchell
    (1 vote)
  • 44%
    Georges Niang
    (172 votes)
  • 0%
    Royce O’Neale
    (3 votes)
384 votes total Vote Now