Frank Ntilikina
20-Year-Old GuardG
Out
Injury Groin
Est. Return 7/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
As expected, Ntilikina was brought along slowly during his rookie season, spending the bulk of the year as a reserve in the backcourt. While he put together a healthy campaign (78 games), Ntilikina didn't provide much for Fantasy purposes and averaged just 5.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 0.8 steals across 21.9 minutes. In addition, he finished with fairly poor percentages across the board, shooting 36.4 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from three-point land and just 72.1 percent from the charity stripe. The good news, however, is that Ntilikina is still just 19 years old heading into his second season and is plenty capable of improving his overall game. With Kristaps Porzingis out through at least December while rehabbing a torn ACL, the Knicks aren't expected to be playoff contenders, so it wouldn't be surprising if the coaching staff turned to Ntilikina early in the season for a more significant workload to help push his development along. While added minutes should translate to higher totals across the stat sheet, Ntilikina will still likely struggle to be relevant in the bulk of Fantasy leagues and is more of a late-round flier than anything else. The guard has demonstrated an impressive defensive skill set that is beneficial for the Knicks when it comes to actual basketball purposes, but his Fantasy utility should remain limited. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $7.66 million contract with the Knicks in July of 2017. Knicks exercised $4.86 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Contract includes team option for 2020-21.
Done for rest of season
GNew York Knicks
Groin
March 29, 2019
Ntilikina (groin) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
ANALYSIS
Ntilikina's attempt to come back before season's end turned out to be a failure, as after tweaking his groin in Sunday's game against the Clippers, the Knicks have elected to shut down the young point guard to avoid worsening the injury. Ntilikina appeared in just 43 games for the Knicks in second NBA season, and with the team's acquisition of Dennis Smith, his future with the team is murky heading into the offseason.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
After declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft, Ntilikina instantly became one of the top international targets on NBA team's radars. The 6-foot-5 point guard has excellent size for the position, though he's still filling into his body and will need to put on weight at the next level. However, his upside is still through the roof and it landed him in the lottery as the eighth overall selection by the Knicks. Ntilikina is prided for his pass-first mentality, though he's got a decent mid-range game. He'll need to improve his three-point ability in order to avoid players sagging off him, but that's something that should develop relatively quickly over his first few years in the league. When you put his size, athleticism, passing ability and a growing offensive arsenaul together, it's easy to see why the Knicks fell in love with him. Adding on to that, Ntilikina has showcased an impressive versatility as a defender, which will go leaps and bounds to earn him some playing time early on. Still, Ntilikina is fairly skinny and needs to put on plenty of weight before seeing significant minutes against other NBA point guards. The Knicks no longer have Derrick Rose at point guard and brought in just Ramon Sessions during free agency, so they may have no choice but to throw Ntilikina into the fire early. With plenty of development still ahead of him, look for Ntilikina to start off in a bench role behind Sessions, though it may not be long before he ultimately pushes for a spot in the top unit on a team void of other point guard options.
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Listed out Thursday
GNew York Knicks
Groin
March 27, 2019
Ntilikina (groin) is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Raptors.
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Not practicing Tuesday
GNew York Knicks
Groin
March 26, 2019
Ntilikina (groin) did not take part in Tuesday's practice, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
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Tweaks groin, doubtful to return
GNew York Knicks
Groin
March 24, 2019
Ntilikina departed Sunday's game against the Clippers with a groin injury and is not expected to return, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
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Hands out five assists in loss
GNew York Knicks
March 22, 2019
Ntilikina produced five points (1-6 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, and four rebounds in 25 minutes during Friday's 111-93 loss to the Nuggets.
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Good to go Friday
GNew York Knicks
March 22, 2019
Ntilikina (groin) is listed as available to play in Friday's game against the Nuggets.
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