Mudiay scored 14 points (5-14 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while adding 10 assists and two rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 121-113 loss to the Pacers. While the performance wasn't without blemishes, Mudiay put together a strong first showing in a Knicks uniform. Jarrett Jack played only eight minutes as the starting point guard, scoring just two points and failing to record an assist, and with the team almost certainly headed back to the draft lottery in the wake of Kristaps Porzingis' season-ending knee injury, coach Jeff Hornacek may well hand the reins of the offense over to Mudiay to see what he can do.
Mudiay, as expected, will make his Knicks debut Sunday against the Pacers, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports. Mudiay's role with the team hasn't been publicly established yet, though coach Jeff Hornacek noted that his addition will likely mean in a decrease in minutes for veteran Jarrett Jack, implying Mudiay will see solid rotational run. That said, he'll still have to compete for his workload with the likes of Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke. In 17.9 minutes per game with the Nuggets this season, Mudiay averaged 8.5 points, 2.9 assists and 2.2 rebounds.
Mudiay is expected to make his Knicks debut Sunday against the Pacers, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports. Though it's not an official confirmation, all signs are pointing to Mudiay taking the floor for his new team Sunday. Coach Jeff Hornacek noted that with Mudiay now in the mix -- along with Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke -- that Jarrett Jack's minutes will likely decrease, suggesting Mudiay should be getting significant run. We'll likely have to use a wait-and-see approach to determine how big of a role Mudiay will have, though it seems fair to assume he'll garner a bigger role than the 13.1 minutes he had been averaging over his past 10 outings with Denver.
Mudiay will be traded from the Nuggets to the Knicks in a three-team trade, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Devin Harris will be sent to the Nuggets in the deal, while Doug McDermott will join the Mavericks. Following the emergence of Jamal Murray in Denver, Mudiay had to settle for a minor depth role for the Nuggets, averaging just 17.9 minutes across 42 games so far this season. However, he'll now head to New York where he should have a slightly easier path to playing time. While we won't know what Mudiay's exact role is with the Knicks until he takes the court, he should battle with the likes of Jarett Jack and Frank Ntilikina for playing time at point guard right away. The Knicks were reportedly hoping to grab a younger backcourt player with some upside prior to the deadline and Mudiay fits that mold. With the team traveling to Toronto ahead of Thursday's game against the Raptors, Mudiay's Knicks debut presumably won't come until Sunday's road tilt with the Pacers.
Mudiay came off the bench to provide 14 points (7-11 FG), two rebounds and four assists in a 106-104 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday. Mudiay has been out of the Nuggets' rotation for nearly two months, and this was easily his best game since December 8. The former-lottery-pick showed some serious promise in his rookie season, but he's fallen out of favor of late, racking up frequent DNP-CD's throughout December and January. Mudiay has seen time in each of Denver's last seven games, though he hasn't topped the 15-minute plateau in any of those contests.
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