Emmanuel Mudiay looked OK in his New York Knicks’ debut.
New York Knicks’ guard Emmanuel Mudiay put up an impressive stat line during Sunday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers as he recorded 14 points and 10 assists.
Too bad that a lot of people are ignoring the fact that Mudiay only connected on five of his 14 shot attempts and didn’t help out on the defensive side of the ball.
Now, Mudiay didn’t practice with the Knicks before making his debut, since he was just acquired from the Denver Nuggets, so I don’t have a problem cutting him some slack.
But Knicks’ fans need to slow down before claiming that he’s the next great point guard that this organization has been waiting for.
Knicks’ head coach Jeff Hornacek likes what he saw from Mudiay, but also made it clear that he’ll only get minutes if he plays well. Hopefully that means improving his field goal percentage and defensive effort.
“You see the moves he can do to get past guys,’’ Hornacek said. “Once he gets more familiar with our players and guys understand, ‘Hey, get open because he’s going to get it to you.’ I said beforehand, if he’s playing well, we’ll let him stay in there. I thought he had good court sense, made some great passes.’’
One of the knocks on Mudiay was his inability to hit shots on a consistent basis and that’s not going to change any time soon. All he can do is work hard and allow himself to be coached up during his time in New York.
I will say that I love the way Mudiay attacked the basket, but for now, let’s hold off the excitement because he hasn’t done anything.