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May 19, 2015 Updates

Mudiay, who can speak French, understands how to adjust to new cultures. He went from being born in the Congo to living in the states for high school and then heading to China to play professionally. Even though he sprained his ankle there and missed most of the season—he's been healed for a few months—he stuck out his contract and put in the rehab and shooting work. "One of my clients is Yi Jianlian, and he played with Emmanuel in China," Joe Abunassar said. "The first thing he said to me about Emmanuel was, 'He's a good kid and a hard worker and a really good player.'" Bleacher Report

Mudiay has been likened to John Wall. Abunassar had a more specific comparison: the size and point guard skills similar to Chauncey Billups, with the athleticism and scoring mentality of Baron Davis. "He's a big guard, great vision, athletic," an East general manager said. "I think he's going to be a really special player." Bleacher Report

Mike: Any chance Towns or Okafor do not go number 1? What teams might pass? Chad Ford: Highly unlikely. I spent a lot of time talking to NBA GMs and scouts at the Draft Combine. Virtually all of them had Towns atop their board. A few had Okafor. Didn't hear any with D'Angelo Russell or Emmanuel Mudiay. That could change with great workouts or perhaps if there is an issue with their medical report. But Towns is the heavy, heavy favorite to go one and in most scenarios, Okafor goes two. ESPN.com

Stan: As the Luckiest franchise T-wolves will be the 4-th ? if yes what's their pick ? Chad Ford: Actually they have a 35% chance of finishing 4th, a 17.8% chance of finishing 3rd, a 21.5% chance of finishing 2nd and a 25% chance of finishing first. So, finishing 4th is the most likely outcome actually. No conspiracy needed! If they go to fourth, I think they take Emmanuel Mudiay and explore trading Ricky Rubio (his camp has been pushing for a trade for a while) or break outside the consensus Top 4 and take Kristaps Porzingis. ESPN.com

Emmanuel Mudiay says that he’ll be happy to play for whichever team selects him in the NBA Draft. But it sounds like he wouldn’t mind ending up with the New York Knicks. “Getting drafted by the Knicks would be definitely a blessing,” Mudiay said Monday night before signing autographs for New Yorkers at a Champs store in Manhattan. ESPN.com

May 18, 2015 Updates

In fact, according to ESPN Insider Chad Ford, there is "complicated debate" among the Knicks front office regarding Okafor and the two top point guards -- D'Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay. "As of today, it looks like Jahlil Okafor would be the second choice. While he doesn't have the defensive skills of Towns, his ability to play right away and his dominance on the offensive end will make him difficult to pass. After that, the Mudiay and Russell rages in the Knicks' front office the same way it's raging in front offices around the NBA," Ford says. ESPN.com

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Shams Charania: Emmanuel Mudiay won't accept his invitation to the Chicago NBA draft combine, sources tell RealGM. He'll continue training on west coast. Mudiay will skip combine, but will maintain his training in Los Angeles ahead of pre-draft workouts. He's trained since end of China season. Twitter @ShamsCharania

There is a likelihood that the Pistons will draft a forward with their lottery pick, assuming that the 89 percent odds they stay in the 8-9 range holds. That fits roster need, of course, but it's really more a reflection of the way the draft board figures to take shape. After the consensus top four of Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay and D'Angelo Russell – two big men, two guards – seven of the next eight prospects on both ESPN.com and DraftExpress.com are either small forwards or power forwards. NBA.com

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