Emmanuel Mudiay saw his first start as a Knick on Thursday night in Orlando, and what he did was a rare sight. It wasn't his overall play, but a particular play instead.
On a fast break to end the second quarter, Mudiay saw Tim Hardaway Jr. sprinting and threw up an alley-oop dime for him to flush home. The Knicks haven't seen Hardaway go up for that play in quite some time despite his ability to get above the rim.
Mudiay said Hardaway wanted more alley-oops, and he delivered.
"[Tim] said nobody has really been throwing him oops," Mudiay told The Post's Marc Berman. "So when I see someone ahead, I'm going to throw it. I've been watching him since he was at Michigan. I know what he can do, so I just threw it."
Dishing out alley-oops is something Mudiay came natural after two-and-a-half seasons with the Nuggets. With players like Kenneth Faried on the roster, he was always looking for that highlight play.
"We had so many athletes, it didn't matter, but obviously you can throw it on top of the backboard and Faried would get it," Mudiay said. "I don't want to say trained, but we all kind of knew somebody's ahead just throw it to them and they'll make a play.
"It's just a feel I have. I've always been a pass-first type of guard. If I see someone ahead of me and think they can make a play, I'm going to throw it to them."
With his first start, Mudiay also experienced his first win as the Knicks beat the Magic, 120-113, on the road. However, he didn't see any crunch-time minutes with Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke working together.
He isn't upset about it, though, considering he is the newest point guard, and still needs to build chemistry with his new teammates.
"As long as we're winning, that group was playing really, really well," he said. "They had it going. They were making a run and getting stops. It was the right move by coach leaving them in there. I wasn't being selfish about it or thinking, 'Oh, I should be in there.' Not at all."
Mudiay knows that practice is going to build that desired chemistry.
"It made a little bit of difference," Mudiay said about his first two practices with the team. "I need a couple more. Obviously it's been a week -- not counting the All-Star break. We're starting to get the chemistry down and what some of these guys can do.
"You rather mess up in practice than in the game. We had a couple of plays in practice where we wasn't on the same page, when I thought someone would be there but wasn't. We got that out of the way. It will still take a little bit of time."
The 21-year-old finished with eight points on 4-of-9 shooting, with five rebounds and four assists. Those assists numbers could see an inflation when chemistry with players more than Hardaway come over the next few games.