The formal part of Knicks practice was over Wednesday. Some players hoisted shots, some did interviews on camera. Off to the side, coach Jeff Hornacek huddled with Emmanuel Mudiay, who at the end of the talk put in additional running.

On Tuesday night, Mudiay worked often with the first unit, a task he repeated the next day. Blend all this with Hornacek indicating he is committed to change — “I think you probably can say that,” he said — and Mudiay is the likely starter at point guard when the Knicks resume play Thursday in Orlando.

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is probably Mudiay starting at point guard against the Magic. Hornacek declined to name his starters, but all indications say Mudiay gets first call over rookie Frank Ntilikina to replace Jarrett Jack on the first unit to initiate the final 23 games.

“Definitely means something to me,” Mudiay, the No. 7 pick in 2015 who was acquired at the trade deadline from the Nuggets in a three-team trade, said Wednesday in Tarrytown. “I’m not going to take it for granted. I came in as a lottery pick, so I was kind of handed the spot. The fact that I’m in that position again, it’s a blessing. … I just have to take full advantage.”

Sounds like he’s starting. With Denver this season, he came off the bench in all 42 games he played. That was after starting 66 games as a rookie and 41 of 55 games last season. He averaged 17.9 minutes with Denver this season, 23.0 in three games with the Knicks. So after practicing for just a second time with a team whose season has been stamped “lottery bound” amid an eight-game losing streak, Mudiay huddled with Hornacek.