Knicks rookie guard Frank Ntilikina said he is looking forward to working with newly-acquired point guard Emmanuel Mudiay in New York's crowded backcourt.
"We're going to bring each other to the top to make the Knicks a competitive team," Ntilikina said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.
Ntilikina, the No. 8 pick from last year's NBA Draft, and Mudiay, whom the Knicks acquired from the Nuggets in a three-team deal on Thursday, are among four point guards in the Knicks' backcourt, joining veteran Jarrett Jack and Trey Burke.
The 19-year-old Ntilikina said Mudiay, 21, gives the Knicks more versatility.
"We both can play off the ball, both can play with the ball," Ntilikina said. "It gives us a lot more options."
Though Jack has averaged 7.7 points and 6.1 assists in 54 games (53 starts) this year and Burke has averaged 8.5 points in 11 games since he was recalled from G League Westchester, Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek left open the possibility that Ntilikina, who has came off the bench each game this season, could start "down the line," even after New York acquired Mudiay, the former No. 7 pick who has averaged 8.5 points, 2.9 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game in his third year in the league.
"I feel I'm good here and people want me here," said Ntilikina, who has averaged 5.2 points, 3.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 52 games this season. "I'll keep working my game and be patient. I just think coach wants me to go through this process and be a better player…. I wish I'd be better. I keep working a lot and working hard to reach my potential."