Emmanuel Mudiay, Kevin Knox crack starting line-up for Knicks
What does a rebuilding team like the New York Knicks do as they continue to lose games?
Change their starting line-up.
Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale has repeatedly stated that he doesn’t have a set starting-five and this makes sense since the Knicks have so many young players and aren’t a playoff contender.
Fizdale has decided to swap out Damyean Dotson for Kevin Knox at small forward and Emmanuel Mudiay for Frank Ntilikina at point guard for tonight’s road game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Mitchell Robinson, Noah Vonleh and of course Tim Hardaway Jr. will remain starters, for now.
Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic has some interesting tidbits about these moves.
Notes on Knicks starting lineup change:
—Ntilikina & Dotson are out, Knox & Mudiay are in
—Ntilikina & Dotson's minutes will stay around 25 min, Fizdale says
—Fizdale wants more pace, so Mudiay is in
—This unit could change again in a few games
—Fiz still evaluating group fits
— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) November 14, 2018
I love how good Ntilikina is on defense, but the fact that he simply can’t make a jump shot is alarming and until he figures out how to do so, he doesn’t deserve to start in the NBA.
I like what I’ve seen from Mudiay and I believe he’s earned the starting point guard job. Now he needs to secure it for good. Which may not be that hard given how bad Ntilikina has been and the fact that Trey Burke just isn’t a complete player.
Dotson played really well over the past several games and will be a nice option off the bench. But Knox has more upside and played really well after returning from a sprained ankle.
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