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Nuggets sign top pick, summer league star Mudiay to multiyear deal

Denver Nuggets' Emmanuel Mudiay, left, goes up for a shot against the Atlanta Hawks' Walter Tavares during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Friday, July 10, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Denver Nuggets' Emmanuel Mudiay, left, goes up for a shot against the Atlanta Hawks' Walter Tavares during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Friday, July 10, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets signed top pick Emmanuel Mudiay to a multiyear deal Friday.

Taken with the seventh overall selection, the 19-year-old point guard will be counted on heavily by the Nuggets after they traded Ty Lawson to the Houston Rockets.

Mudiay had a solid summer league performance for Denver as he averaged 12 points and 5.8 assists. His play in Las Vegas gained notice, and he was named to the All-NBA summer league second team.

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General manager Tim Connelly recently said he's confident Mudiay can handle the workload running new coach Michael Malone's system, especially with veteran Jameer Nelson expected to lend guidance.

Mudiay suited up last season in the Chinese Basketball Association, where he averaged 18 points in 12 games.