The Knicks are young and feisty
Even though the New York Knicks lost another close game, this time to the Chicago Bulls, they keep on fighting and are in every game they play.
Here are some takeaways from the game:
Emmanuel Mudiay deserves to start
We’ve gone from Trey Burke to Frank Ntilikina and now it looks like Emmanuel Mudiay is making the case to be the Knicks’ starting point guard as he did a great job running the floor and making big plays for New York.
Mudiay had a big game against the Bulls as he scored 16 points on 43 percent shooting coming off the bench.
I think it’s safe to say that Mudiay will get a shot to start after producing his best outing as a Knick.
Allonzo Trier is growing up fast
Trier struggled early with the Bulls double teaming him, but he still managed to hit some big shots in the fourth quarter as well as during the overtime periods.
With Tim Hardaway Jr. out with a back injury, Trier was the go to guy and he did a nice job at delivering for an undrafted rookie.
Aside from Hardaway, Trier is a scoring machine as he put up 21 points on 33 percent from the field.
It will be interesting to see how Trier develops over the course of this season because he’s going to get plenty of chances to make an impact.
Enes Kanter should be starting
I’m well aware that rookie center Mitchell Robinson is an athletic freak. But I don’t understand why he’s starting. He didn’t have a great game against the Bulls and that’s simply due to the fact that he’s very raw.
Kanter is a double-double monster and should be starting no matter what.
Now if Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale wants to give Robinson more minutes, that’s fine, but Kanter deserves to be in the starting five.
You can make the argument that the Knicks are not trying to win games, but rather give their young core group of players crucial playing time. They can do that and have Kanter in their starting-five.
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