During the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, Chris Duhon served as starting point guard of the New York Knicks. His tenure was in the midst a transitional period for the team, during which they struggled to remain competitive while waiting for cap flexibility to come the Big Apple’s way in the summer of 2010.
The guard’s time in orange and blue was overshadowed by what was to come, thus making his impact somewhat underwhelming. He was in the right place, but at the wrong time.
Still, Duhon was actually a rare bright spot for the Knicks during those darker days. He displayed intelligence on the court as a confident, steady, and sometimes savvy floor general. Perhaps with some more talented and/or capable offensive options around him, the nine-year NBA veteran would have thrived just a bit more.
He did, however, set New York’s team-record for assists in a single game, dishing out 22 dimes in late November, 2008.
Despite the Knicks’ failure to succeed during Duhon’s tenure, there’s no doubt his talents were taylor-made for Mike D’Antoni’s system.
And now, as he appears ready to move on from his playing days, the 31 year old is reaping the benefits of such a formed relationship even further.
Just days after Mike D’Antoni’s brother and longtime assistant, Dan, accepted the head coaching job at Marshall University, he’s taken little time to name his first assistant coaching hire. That, of course, would been none other than Duhon himself.
For more on the hire, click here for an interview with Duhon on his new role from the local WSAZ.