Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer
Emmanuel Mudiay (32 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds) has two 30-point games this season. He had two career 30-point games entering the season. He's averaging 20 points, 5.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds in the last 9 games. Prior to this season, the 22-year-old had struggled in Denver after being drafted No. 7 overall. David Fizdale believes Mudiay's recent run has proven that he is, at least, an NBA rotation player. "Now how far it goes from there, it's going to be what he does. But you get in a third of the season and a guy is consistently putting in 20, 30, 20, 30, six rebounds, six assists constantly doing that (it's not a fluke). I think the first thing he had to prove to himself and to everyone was is he a legitimate NBA basketball player and I think that's proven right now so now the next step is can we get him to really grow and develop and show the consistency of what a lead guard can do? But he's really, he's taken off and really gotten better every day."