Byron Scott Doesn’t Think Emmanuel Mudiay Is ‘A True Point Guard’
Lakers News: Emmanuel Mudiay Thanks Byron Scott For Extra Motivation
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Heading into the 2015 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers had a number of intriguing possibilities with the second overall selection.

Though the Lakers ultimately chose D’Angelo Russell, there was another very talented point guard prospect available in Emmanuel Mudiay.

The Lakers are set to square off with Mudiay and the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, but before they meet, Byron Scott revealed that he didn’t believe Mudiay was a true point guard after working him out according to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register:

Though Scott may not see Mudiay as a true point guard, he has definitely proven himself to be a very talented player. In three games, he has averaged 12.7 points and 5.3 assists. Mudiay has, however, given credence to Scott’s thoughts about his decision making as he is averaging 6.3 turnovers as well.

Mudiay and Russell will surely be compared throughout their careers, but it is obviously too early to judge either of them. Mudiay’s numbers so far are slightly better, but he is also in a much different situation. In Denver, Mudiay is the primary ballhandler and playmaker while Russell shares those duties with Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson, and even Lou Williams.

There will be a number of eyes on the first matchup between these two great young players. Lakers fans will definitely be looking for Russell to show exactly why the team chose him over Mudiay.

Whatever he is, he looks good. Although to me he looks very much like a true Point Guard.

  • Whatever he is, he looks good. Although to me he looks very much like a true Point Guard.

  • the headline should have stopped after “byron scott doesn’t think”

  • the headline should have stopped after “byron scott doesn’t think”

  • The problem I see with Russle is he does not attack the basket like the other pg’s in the league. He has good floor vision, great passer, but does not attack the basket. He probes to find the open man. But does not probe to attack the basket like westbrook, cp3, john wall, irving, nash etc etc. If Russle can have the tenacity like Clarkson he would add that as a weapon on offense. He need to put defenders on their heels, is he gonna pass or is he going to drive. Huertas probes to attack occasionally on offense when he see open lane. Russle needs to push the ball faster and attack then if he cant pass to open man, but dont have teams stand there and them say, he is not going to do nothing but pass the ball. He needs to become a “OFFENSIVE THREAT!!!!” and not just a great passer with great floor vision.

  • The problem I see with Russle is he does not attack the basket like the other pg’s in the league. He has good floor vision, great passer, but does not attack the basket. He probes to find the open man. But does not probe to attack the basket like westbrook, cp3, john wall, irving, nash etc etc. If Russle can have the tenacity like Clarkson he would add that as a weapon on offense. He need to put defenders on their heels, is he gonna pass or is he going to drive. Huertas probes to attack occasionally on offense when he see open lane. Russle needs to push the ball faster and attack then if he cant pass to open man, but dont have teams stand there and them say, he is not going to do nothing but pass the ball. He needs to become a “OFFENSIVE THREAT!!!!” and not just a great passer with great floor vision.

  • If you want to be technical, there really isn’t such a thing as a “true point guard” in today’s NBA.

  • If you want to be technical, there really isn’t such a thing as a “true point guard” in today’s NBA.

  • He did in college. but Russle hasnt really in college, it’s not apart of his game, maybe in future, becuase he hasn’t shown it in college or any of the games in summer, preseason or now. So tell me whats his offensive threat as a player on the court as of now?

  • He did in college. but Russle hasnt really in college, it’s not apart of his game, maybe in future, becuase he hasn’t shown it in college or any of the games in summer, preseason or now. So tell me whats his offensive threat as a player on the court as of now? Passing? Assist?

  • Muddily doesn’t make good decisions tho…he’s leading the league in turnovers

  • Muddily doesn’t make good decisions tho…he’s leading the league in turnovers

  • That’s uncool for an NBA coach to bust on a rookie like that. The guy’s trying to make his name and a head coach is stating that he can’t play his position.

  • That’s uncool for an NBA coach to bust on a rookie like that. The guy’s trying to make his name and a head coach is stating that he can’t play his position.

  • he’s a combo-guard, he also played overseas against grown men instead of college kids like Russell

  • he’s a combo-guard, he also played overseas against grown men instead of college kids like Russell

  • Neither does Curry or really CP3. Curry plays mostly off ball with quick passing and CP3 uses screens to operate.

  • Neither does Curry or really CP3. Curry plays mostly off ball with quick passing and CP3 uses screens to operate.

  • Byron is frustrating, but at least he is changing things around from game to game, he started russell at sg which never made sense to me, he is the only guy under control who is not racing to score, I am comfortable with russell having the ball, as I know hes not gonna just chuck it up like everyone else, but byron has to tell him not to make passes to guys like hibbert around the 3 point line, and he doesn’t always have to force a pass at kobe….I can’t believe anyone would want D’antoni back, some laker fans have a short memory, the guy doesn’t know how to use his bigs, he would hate randle not being a good shooter probably do something stupid like place him on the bench or center, start kelly, probably wouldn’t like russells lack of speed for pushing the floor, no thanks D’antoni was a different kind of dumb. I think byron is our new Del harris while we wait for our new phil jackson.

  • Byron is frustrating, but at least he is changing things around from game to game, he started russell at sg which never made sense to me, he is the only guy under control who is not racing to score, I am comfortable with russell having the ball, as I know hes not gonna just chuck it up like everyone else, but byron has to tell him not to make passes to guys like hibbert around the 3 point line, and he doesn’t always have to force a pass at kobe….I can’t believe anyone would want D’antoni back, some laker fans have a short memory, the guy doesn’t know how to use his bigs, he would hate randle not being a good shooter probably do something stupid like place him on the bench or center, start kelly, probably wouldn’t like russells lack of speed for pushing the floor, no thanks D’antoni was a different kind of dumb. I think byron is our new Del harris while we wait for our new phil jackson.

  • Pretty sure Byron, need not be talking “Trash” about any NBA guards, while he starts a “Developmental” D’Angelo guard, begin season 0 – 3; and LAL guards unable to play Defense

    Those that live in Glass Houses, need not throw stones at others passing by on street, Mr Coach

    last week, I watched Mudiay – Actually I didn’t even realize Mudiay was a Rookie, based on way performed.

    Is Corey Hansford saying, LAL had a Chance / Opportunity to Pick Mudiay ? ?

  • Pretty sure Byron, need not be talking “Trash” about any NBA guards, while he starts a “Developmental” D’Angelo guard, begin season 0 – 3; and LAL guards unable to play Defense

    Those that live in Glass Houses, need not throw stones at others passing by on street, Mr Coach

    last week, I watched Mudiay – Actually I didn’t even realize Mudiay was a Rookie, based on way performed.

    Is Corey Hansford saying, LAL had a Chance / Opportunity to Pick Mudiay ? ?

  • Byron Scott seriously needs to just shut his mouth. He has no business going out in public saying things like this about a rookie. Really Scott? I can’t wait for this clown to get fired. Now watch Mudiay drop a triple double on us tomorrow. SMH, I couldn’t even be mad if that were to happen.

  • Byron Scott seriously needs to just shut his mouth. He has no business going out in public saying things like this about a rookie. Really Scott? I can’t wait for this clown to get fired. Now watch Mudiay drop a triple double on us tomorrow. SMH, I couldn’t even be mad if that were to happen.

  • Once LAL fans get to c Mr Mudiay, and if as Great Awesome as his stats say . . .

    Then LAL may be thinking Should have taken Mudiay, rather then our #1 Dud

  • Once LAL fans get to c Mr Mudiay, and if as Great Awesome as his stats say . . .

    Then LAL may be thinking Should have taken Mudiay, rather then our #1 Dud

  • I actually agree with Scott — Mudiay is more Westbrook than Paul (not that it’s a bad thing) but you are correct…no need to provide the lockerroom material.

    Especially when you’re 0-3.

  • think every team Guards r dropping a Triple Triple on our Developmental Rookie Guard D’Lo

  • I actually agree with Scott — Mudiay is more Westbrook than Paul (not that it’s a bad thing) but you are correct…no need to provide the lockerroom material.

    Especially when you’re 0-3.

  • think every team Guards r dropping a Triple Triple on our Developmental Rookie Guard D’Lo

  • Mudiay Guard project sounds like going better then Byron’s Guard D’Lo project, and could be jealous, lol

  • I’m not mad a Mudiay, but let’s be real: his fg% and assist-turnover ratio are much worse than Russell’s.

    Only difference is that Denver is letting him learn on the job while the Lakers are holding Russell back.

  • I’m not mad a Mudiay, but let’s be real: his fg% and assist-turnover ratio are much worse than Russell’s.

    Only difference is that Denver is letting him learn on the job while the Lakers are holding Russell back.

  • Like coach Byron starting Developmental Rookie “Dud” D’Angelo, I so agree Bruh

  • Like coach Byron starting Developmental Rookie “Dud” D’Angelo, I so agree Bruh

  • Biggest difference is their athletic abilities. Mudiay is able to get to the rim much easier. Also able to pass over the defense easier. But he is definitely out of control a lot right now. Russell plays a much more controlled game.

  • Biggest difference is their athletic abilities. Mudiay is able to get to the rim much easier. Also able to pass over the defense easier. But he is definitely out of control a lot right now. Russell plays a much more controlled game.

  • Nah, much better passer than Westbrook was coming out of school. I would even say he might be the best playmaker in this entire rookie class overall.

  • Nah, much better passer than Westbrook was coming out of school. I would even say he might be the best playmaker in this entire rookie class overall.

  • Doesn’t concern you that Russell couldn’t get past D-Leaguers and guys not even in the league in Summer League?

  • Doesn’t concern you that Russell couldn’t get past D-Leaguers and guys not even in the league in Summer League?

  • No, because I’ve seen him get to his sweet spot at the elbow in the last two games.

    That said, I’m concerned about every young player until they hit year 3…sometimes even 4.

  • No, because I’ve seen him get to his sweet spot at the elbow in the last two games.

    That said, I’m concerned about every young player until they hit year 3…sometimes even 4.

  • As if Byron is known for his great decisions and assessments of players. How is D’Angelo doing?

    As a fan of this team I am disgusted that they allow this man free rein to further ruin this franchise and its reputation.

  • As if Byron is known for his great decisions and assessments of players. How is D’Angelo doing?

    As a fan of this team I am disgusted that they allow this man free rein to further ruin this franchise and its reputation.

  • The guy is a jerk and not to mention an idiot. #FireByron

  • Lol. Let us pray for D Lo. He will need it. I’m sure Mudiay is already mad that he wasn’t picked higher in the draft.

  • Lol. Let us pray for D Lo. He will need it. I’m sure Mudiay is already mad that he wasn’t picked higher in the draft.

  • how about we quit the BS and revisit this DLO vs Mudiay talk at around the 25-30 game mark and ill bet DLOs numbers will be solid…

  • how about we quit the BS and revisit this DLO vs Mudiay talk at around the 25-30 game mark and ill bet DLOs numbers will be solid…

  • same thing if Russell had the keys… you gotta remember mudiay is the number 1 option so teams really key I on him so he is going to have numbers like that, what you look for is does he get to his mark do he make defensive stops etc…

  • same thing if Russell had the keys… you gotta remember mudiay is the number 1 option so teams really key I on him so he is going to have numbers like that, what you look for is does he get to his mark do he make defensive stops etc…

  • I was saying it previously that the 2005 draft class of (D. Williams,Chris Paul) and 2015 draft class was similar in terms of expectation that two of the top 5 picks are expected to be PG. But I also said that the top 2015 draft of PG was no where close to those two guys in 2005. I was on the record here as saying I didn’t like either of these two guys as elite point guards as the expectation for them picking that high they will not reach that potential.

    My fear came to realize because I knew the FO has been in pursuit of a point guard SAVIOR for many many years.

    If there is one player that Russell’s career might end up looking like; it is CJ McCollum.

  • I was saying it previously that the 2005 draft class of (D. Williams,Chris Paul) and 2015 draft class was similar in terms of expectation that two of the top 5 picks are expected to be PG. But I also said that the top 2015 draft of PG was no where close to those two guys in 2005. I was on the record here as saying I didn’t like either of these two guys as elite point guards as the expectation for them picking that high they will not reach that potential.

    My fear came to realize because I knew the FO has been in pursuit of a point guard SAVIOR for many many years.

    If there is one player that Russell’s career might end up looking like; it is CJ McCollum.

  • Yeah, that’s what I’m saying. If Russell had the green light his fg% would probably drop and his turnovers would probably go up too.

    Bottom line is both have 3 games experience under their belts — both are NBA ready, but both have a long way to go and will take different paths to get there. Kinda silly to starting making proclamations about either one either way.

  • That statement sounds premature by coach Scott. Mudiay’s game is not entirely polished and he has shown a great work ethic. So in time he will develop a more consistent mid range jump shot which in return will open up his game offensively as his strength for now is driving and finishing at the rim. He’s going to make mistakes like many rookies do, but this will only allow him experience to grow at a much faster rate.
    I think Russell will be a solid player and I see him developing into a really savy veteran in the future, but I feel Mudiay is much more gifted and is upside is greater.

  • Yeah, that’s what I’m saying. If Russell had the green light his fg% would probably drop and his turnovers would probably go up too.

    Bottom line is both have 3 games experience under their belts — both are NBA ready, but both have a long way to go and will take different paths to get there. Kinda silly to starting making proclamations about either one either way.

  • That statement sounds premature by coach Scott. Mudiay’s game is not entirely polished and he has shown a great work ethic. So in time he will develop a more consistent mid range jump shot which in return will open up his game offensively as his strength for now is driving and finishing at the rim. He’s going to make mistakes like many rookies do, but this will only allow him experience to grow at a much faster rate.
    I think Russell will be a solid player and I see him developing into a really savy veteran in the future, but I feel Mudiay is much more gifted and is upside is greater.

  • A lot of people are pissed that we passed on Mudiay but people were saying Brandon Jennings (faster, more athletic, better dribbler) was better than Steph Curry too especially when Steph had those issues with his ankle.

    Give it at least a couple seasons to make a full judgement.

  • A lot of people are pissed that we passed on Mudiay but people were saying Brandon Jennings (faster, more athletic, better dribbler) was better than Steph Curry too especially when Steph had those issues with his ankle.

    Give it at least a couple seasons to make a full judgement.

  • Really don’t care much on what BS thinks. IF a guy can somehow lead, score and defend well – whether he’s a guard, forward or center – that will be good for any team.

  • Really don’t care much on what BS thinks. IF a guy can somehow lead, score and defend well – whether he’s a guard, forward or center – that will be good for any team.

  • no rookie pg is good at decision making unless you are really bound for greatness(MAgic for example)

  • no rookie pg is good at decision making unless you are really bound for greatness(MAgic for example)

  • nah, with his body Dlo should and will rely on his BB IQ ala nash or other great unathletic, not that fast PGs

  • nah, with his body Dlo should and will rely on his BB IQ ala nash or other great unathletic, not that fast PGs

  • No much talk on this..because Scott himself is not a true coach, so it hard for him to see a true player..

  • No much talk on this..because Scott himself is not a true coach, so it hard for him to see a true player..

  • D Lo has been getting BURNED by pgs this year! He had Rubio looking like an all star. Bring him off the bench and let Clarkson work as the point guard. Russell will be great, but he needs time to develop.

  • D Lo has been getting BURNED by pgs this year! He had Rubio looking like an all star. Bring him off the bench and let Clarkson work as the point guard. Russell will be great, but he needs time to develop.

  • Mr Clueless’s statement shows how stubbornly old school and outdated he is. Do we need a true point guard? What a failure. Price is a true guard, will you play him over not so true PGs Westbrook or Rose? SACK HIM!!! BS is going to turn Russell into Price!!!

  • Mr Clueless’s statement shows how stubbornly old school and outdated he is. Do we need a true point guard? What a failure. Price is a true guard, will you play him over not so true PGs Westbrook or Rose? SACK HIM!!! BS is going to turn Russell into Price!!!

  • I say if Russell continues to play for BS, his career is more like Price is Right!!!

  • I say if Russell continues to play for BS, his career is more like Price is Right!!!

  • Byron pokes the bear, watch Mudiay go off on the Lakers now. SMH at this “coach”.

  • Byron pokes the bear, watch Mudiay go off on the Lakers now. SMH at this “coach”.

  • SCOTT IS NOT A “REAL” COACH & “didn’t think he was a guy who made great decisions.”

  • SCOTT IS NOT A “REAL” COACH & “didn’t think he was a guy who made great decisions.”

  • according to Dlo his biggest asset is swagger. That’s what makes a superstar player. So to answer your question, Swagger is his biggest threat.on the court. Teams are in fear.

  • according to Dlo his biggest asset is swagger. That’s what makes a superstar player. So to answer your question, Swagger is his biggest threat.on the court. Teams are in fear.

  • oh yeah- i forgot- we’re gonna catch Ben simmons on the lakers next year!

  • oh yeah- i forgot- we’re gonna catch Ben simmons on the lakers next year!

  • Before you guys keep on ranting about DLo is a bust and all that. You do know that they see his talents in practice, right? Keep in mind all that needs to be translated to the court, but that’s where I believe DLo is at right now. His talent is there he just needs to get comfortable with the game. It’ll take time. Best believe we will have a point guard that we’ve been searching for.. Also, in an interview he did he said when he started at Ohio State his numbers weren’t great but through half of the season his numbers blew up and everyone started to notice him. Have patience laker fans.. Is like that saying ” Rome wasn’t built in a day”.

  • Before you guys keep on ranting about DLo is a bust and all that. You do know that they see his talents in practice, right? Keep in mind all that needs to be translated to the court, but that’s where I believe DLo is at right now. His talent is there he just needs to get comfortable with the game. It’ll take time. Best believe we will have a point guard that we’ve been searching for.. Also, in an interview he did he said when he started at Ohio State his numbers weren’t great but through half of the season his numbers blew up and everyone started to notice him. Have patience laker fans.. Is like that saying ” Rome wasn’t built in a day”.

  • Right on, these fools have no faith at all, and cant understand that certain players develope differently

  • Right on, these fools have no faith at all, and cant understand that certain players develope differently

  • Simple fact , Mudiay has more assists than Russell , in 3 games he averages 12plus points and 5.3 assists. Russell has 9points and 1.67 assists. I suggest Russell keep working hard instead of thinking about dating. Work on your game first , the women will come …

  • Simple fact , Mudiay has more assists than Russell , in 3 games he averages 12plus points and 5.3 assists. Russell has 9points and 1.67 assists. I suggest Russell keep working hard instead of thinking about dating. Work on your game first , the women will come …

  • chill out. all hes saying is that he isnt a pass first PG a true PG.
    hes like derrick rose russell westbrook ect…
    score first pass last. nothing wrong with that at all.
    if anything its a compliment most PG cant even score thats why they pass first.

  • i hate tanking but saying no to him is tough bro.
    wrong either way we go.

  • chill out. all hes saying is that he isnt a pass first PG a true PG.
    hes like derrick rose russell westbrook ect…
    score first pass last. nothing wrong with that at all.
    if anything its a compliment most PG cant even score thats why they pass first.

  • mudiay is off to a fast start.
    lets hope russell gets off to a slow start but becomes way better in the long run.

  • mudiay is off to a fast start.
    lets hope russell gets off to a slow start but becomes way better in the long run.

  • Mudiay also has more turnovers than Russell — a LOT more — and is shooting worse from the field. Pretty sure they’ll both be fine, just give them a chance to learn how to play.

  • Mudiay also has more turnovers than Russell — a LOT more — and is shooting worse from the field. Pretty sure they’ll both be fine, just give them a chance to learn how to play.

  • oh no I would take him in a flash….i was just remarking on that vid of him saying that….and i think it’s a bit of a longshot….but stranger things have happened!

  • oh no I would take him in a flash….i was just remarking on that vid of him saying that….and i think it’s a bit of a longshot….but stranger things have happened!

  • Yup these rookies need time and mins on the floor. But i’m a bit worried with Russell , for a #2 pick he is starting really slow.

  • Yup these rookies need time and mins on the floor. But i’m a bit worried with Russell , for a #2 pick he is starting really slow.

  • as much as most fans want to, but he is a laker hater like kerr,barkley,reggie so nah

  • as much as most fans want to, but he is a laker hater like kerr,barkley,reggie so nah

  • Everyone talks of this but it’s hard to see happening. He had trouble with college level athlete’s and it took him awhile to adjust, but NBA level is a bigger jump. It’s going to take him years to adjust if he’s able to.

  • Everyone talks of this but it’s hard to see happening. He had trouble with college level athlete’s and it took him awhile to adjust, but NBA level is a bigger jump. It’s going to take him years to adjust if he’s able to.

  • He is a high character guy with potential to define his own kind of game at the point. Everybody with an elite pg has them doing none-pg-traditional stuff. Wall Westbrook kind. Even Steph wasnt considered a true pg.The elite always redefine or bring individuality to their positions. Which is what Mudiay has the potential to be.

  • He is a high character guy with potential to define his own kind of game at the point. Everybody with an elite pg has them doing none-pg-traditional stuff. Wall Westbrook kind. Even Steph wasnt considered a true pg.The elite always redefine or bring individuality to their positions. Which is what Mudiay has the potential to be.

  • He looks like 1,000,000% better then our pick who would be third off the bench on most teams. As for the future, D. Russell needs ot be packaged with Kelley & Sacre & shipped off to whatever team that wil take them for 1st round draft picks this coming year. D. Russell was a HORRIBLE screw up once again by an enept front office since the death of Dr. Buss has done nothing but scew up everu move they made. (except for Clarkson) As for Scott, I am sad to say he is the WRONG person to help the kids grow. I mean he even plays Kelley who should not even be in the game let alone on the floor. Kelley & Sacre both should simple be paid off & cut in order to make room to bring back Brown plus the best young point in the D league.

  • He looks like 1,000,000% better then our pick who would be third off the bench on most teams. As for the future, D. Russell needs ot be packaged with Kelley & Sacre & shipped off to whatever team that wil take them for 1st round draft picks this coming year. D. Russell was a HORRIBLE screw up once again by an enept front office since the death of Dr. Buss has done nothing but scew up everu move they made. (except for Clarkson) As for Scott, I am sad to say he is the WRONG person to help the kids grow. I mean he even plays Kelley who should not even be in the game let alone on the floor. Kelley & Sacre both should simple be paid off & cut in order to make room to bring back Brown plus the best young point in the D league.

  • BS sound like he is talking about his self , he does not see a good PG OR HOW TO TRAIN THEM .

  • BS sound like he is talking about his self , he does not see a good PG OR HOW TO TRAIN THEM .

  • Yea he has been in the NBA to long not to be able to do LIKE THE SEASONS BEST, 3 games should have been enough to be the MVP also.

  • Yea he has been in the NBA to long not to be able to do LIKE THE SEASONS BEST, 3 games should have been enough to be the MVP also.

  • This is why Bryon will be looking for work after this season. He help management draft potential over nba ready to play.

  • This is why Bryon will be looking for work after this season. He help management draft potential over nba ready to play.

  • Mudiay. “They passed up on me; that’s definitely a motivation,” …. “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.”

    The dude is going to punish D’angelo. Sounds like he’s got this date marked.

  • Mudiay. “They passed up on me; that’s definitely a motivation,” …. “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.”

    The dude is going to punish D’angelo. Sounds like he’s got this date marked.

  • Rubio and his broken jump shot… yeah he makes flashy passes, but that jumper though, suspect!

  • Rubio and his broken jump shot… yeah he makes flashy passes, but that jumper though, suspect!

  • I’m saying I think Clarkson derseves to start and Russell needs to be brought off the bench at PG until he gets over his learning curb. He’s going to be a star, but not right off the bat.

  • I’m saying I think Clarkson derseves to start and Russell needs to be brought off the bench at PG until he gets over his learning curb. He’s going to be a star, but not right off the bat.

  • Umm…BS is missing the point again, we need a W not a true PG…who gets this BS to talk anyway…

  • Umm…BS is missing the point again, we need a W not a true PG…who gets this BS to talk anyway…

  • My point is that PG’s are pretty much interchangeable these days. They are combo guards. They can play both guard spots. CP3 is a rare PG.

  • My point is that PG’s are pretty much interchangeable these days. They are combo guards. They can play both guard spots. CP3 is a rare PG.

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