Emmanuel Mudiay is hoping to seize his chance with the New York Knicks after he was handed a start at point guard for the 120-113 victory at Orlando Magic on Thursday.
The 21-year-old was traded to the Knicks earlier this month after dropping down the pecking order with the Denver Nuggets and he already looks set to earn more playing time with his new employers.
Mudiay was given the nod to start the win at the Amway Center ahead of the more experienced Jarrett Jack and contributed eight points and four assists during his time on the court.
New York are seemingly out of play-off contention in the Eastern Conference and have already stated they will use the rest of this season to blood young talents, such as Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke.
Mudiay is grateful for the opportunity with the Knicks and is hoping to take it with both hands during the rest of the campaign.
“I came in as a lottery pick so I was kind of handed the spot and stuff like that. So the fact that I’m in that position again, it’s a blessing,” Mudiay was quoted as saying by ESPN.
“Thank God for it. I just have to take full advantage.”
The youngster will be hoping to get another chance to impress in New York’s next match, a home clash with the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.