There is a chance that Emmanuel Mudiay could become a star for the New York Knicks.
The New York Knicks may have acquired a future star in Emmanuel Mudiay, but he has a lot to work on in order to prove that he can make it in the NBA.
Former Denver Nuggets scouting director Jared Jeffries spoke with the New York Post about the Knicks recent trade acquisition, Emmanuel Mudiay.
“I know how tough it was for [general manager] Tim [Connelly] and [owner] Josh [Kroenke] to let him go,’’ Jeffries told The Post. “They did the right thing for the kid. They could’ve held on to him to the point of no return and ruin his career. It’s really good the Knicks trusted what they believed at draft time and got him for a discount. If he’s on top of the world and playing great, you’re not going to get him for that.”
Jeffreis claims that Mudiay isn’t bad at shooting, he just has a hard time finishing.
“He’s not a bad shooter — he’s a bad finisher,’’ Jeffries said. “That’s why his field-goal percentage is a big focus. If he becomes a better finisher — something very possible — his whole game transforms. Take out his layups, he’s not a bad shooter. If he’d finish at a 60 percent clip, he’d be 48 [percent] from the floor.”
When looking at the video below, it does look like Mudiay has a pretty good shot.
Jeffries explained why Mudiay has a hard time when he gets the hoop.
“He’s big and gets to the rim,’’ Jeffries said of Mudiay. “But the best finishers in the league — Tony Parker, Kyrie Irving — are over-the-top finishers with a softness to their shot and they shoot with their hands under the ball. Scoop, rolling layups are difficult and easier to get altered or blocked. Maybe he didn’t work at it enough at a young age because he didn’t go to college.’’