Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets (2015)
There was once a time when league observers thought some team would “tank” the 2014-2015 season in order to secure the rights to draft Emmanuel Mudiay. But as the 2015 NBA Draft process went on, Mudiay’s stock began to lose its luster, and rightfully so. Mudiay’s career has been something of a “Benjamin Button” case, in that his stats have effectively regressed the longer he’s been in the league.
After showing some early glimpses of potential as a rookie, Mudiay’s production dipped badly between his first and third seasons in the NBA. By year three, not only did Mudiay not make a single start for the Nuggets, but they were fine enough with trading him to the New York Knicks.