Emmanuel Mudiay hasn't played for the Guangdong Tigers since injuring his ankle in early December, but that could change with the team facing elimination in the Chinese Basketball Association playoffs. With Guangdong trailing Stephon Marbury's Beijing Ducks 0-2 in a best-of-five series, the Tigers are reportedly planning to bring Mudiay back for Game 3, according to reporter Nick Bedard.
Why is this newsworthy? Because Mudiay is expected to be among the top five picks in the 2015 NBA Draft. Mudiay was the No. 2 recruit in the class of 2014 according to Rivals, behind only Duke center Jahlil Okafor. While both college and NBA fans have gotten a first-hand look at Okafor, Mudiay mostly remains a mystery. Many believed he wouldn't play another game in the CBA and would instead focus all of his attention on training for the draft.
Mudiay is a 6'5 point guard out of Dallas who was originally committed to Larry Brown and SMU before deciding to turn pro. He has drawn comparison to a young John Wall as a powerful and athletic lead guard who needs to improve his outside jumper. Mudiay is expected to be one of the first two guards selected in the 2015 draft alongside Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell.
The winner of the series between Guangdong and Beijing will advance to the league finals, which is a best-of-seven series.