Does the NBA’s “new Manu” wear Denver Nuggets blue and gold?

Evan Fournier, a 20-year-old, 6-foot-6 rookie from France, has drawn comparisons to veteran Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, especially after emerging as a capable scorer and playmaker off the bench following an injury that has kept point guard and leading scorer Ty Lawson out of six of the past seven games.

Fournier didn’t play against the Spurs when the teams met March 27 in San Antonio — that game was Lawson’s only appearance in the last seven — but has scored in double figures in three of the past four games, including a season-high 19 points against the Nets on March 29. He made 21 of 38 shots in the four games, including five of 13 from 3-point range.

Fournier has heard the comparisons to Ginobili, and heartily approves.

“I love Manu’s game,” he said after a Tuesday morning practice session. “That’s great for me to hear that. I’m glad. We might have some similarities, but also some differences.”

Nuggets coach George Karl is one of those who sees both.

“He doesn’t have the speed of Manu,” Karl said, “but kind of has strength like Manu. He definitely has the confidence and courage. He’s not afraid, and he thinks he should be playing.”

Fournier aspires to join France’s national team on which Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Nando De Colo played at the London Olympic Games.

“Tony’s like the grandfather of French basketball,” he said. “Tony is Tony. He’s a god in France.”