Prior to the NBA Draft last summer, the Los Angeles Lakers had Emmanuel Mudiay in for a workout, but he did not impress.

According to head coach Byron Scott, anyway.

The oh-so-wise Scott says that Mudiay lacks the natural point guard skills that No. 2 overall pick D’Angelo Russell already possesses.

The two young floor generals will meet on the court for the first time Tuesday night, and Mudiay wants to avoid any comparisons with Russell.

Per the Denver Post:

“I don’t care about the comparison,” Mudiay said. “He knows, I know, we’re not the same player. That’s just the media talking, so I don’t pay attention to that.” […] Whether or not either of them likes it, Los Angeles Lakers rookie D’Angelo Russell and Nuggets rookie Mudiay will be compared in some form throughout their careers. They were the two best point guards available in the most recent NBA draft and were constantly dissected as fans and media tried to put a face on which of the two was the better pro prospect.

 

In an interview before the start of training camp, Mudiay spoke about what he thought regarding the hype surrounding Russell and himself before the draft and the link they figure to share as long as they are playing. […] “This all just comes down to me not being in America because I went to China,” Mudiay said. “So, going to China, out of sight, you’re not going to get seen. D’Angelo had a great college career for his freshman year.”

 

“There’s going to be some games where I can score a lot, and there’s going to be some games where I’m probably going to be off,” Mudiay said. “But I can’t get my head too low. Just got to stay even-keeled. You’re going to win some; you’re going to lose some. But you give your all and do other things, too.” […] Mudiay is averaging 12.7 points, 5.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He’s shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from the 3-point line. Mudiay is shooting 50 percent from the free-throw line and is averaging 6.3 turnovers per game.