Frank Ntilikina
20-Year-Old GuardG
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.
Resurfaces in rotation
GNew York Knicks
December 10, 2018
Ntilikina posted 18 points (7-11 FG, 4-4 3Pt) and an assist before fouling out in 20 minutes Sunday in the Knicks' 119-107 loss to the Hornets.
After failing to leave the bench in coach's decision over the Knicks' first three games of December, Ntilikina has now logged double-digit minutes in back-to-back games. Ntilikina strengthened his case for sticking in the rotation with the unusually hot shooting night from the field, though reaching 20 minutes on a nightly basis could prove to be a challenge. It's worth noting that emerging rookie Allonzo Trier (hamstring) was sidelined along with Trey Burke (knee), so the Frenchman could see his playing time fall once either or both of the injured players are cleared to return.
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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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Out of rotation
GNew York Knicks
December 7, 2018
Ntilikina (coach's decision) didn't see the floor Thursday in the Knicks' 128-100 loss to the Celtics.
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Plays 13 minutes in Sunday's win
GNew York Knicks
November 25, 2018
Ntilikina had seven points (2-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, and one assist in 13 minutes during Sunday's 103-98 win over the Grizzlies.
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Moving to bench
GNew York Knicks
November 14, 2018
Ntilikina will move to the bench for Wednesday's game against Oklahoma City, Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic reports.
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Nothing but a donut Monday
GNew York Knicks
November 5, 2018
Ntilikina scored zero points while adding just two assists and one rebound in 16 minutes during Monday's 116-115 loss to the Bulls.
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Earns starting small forward job
GNew York Knicks
October 16, 2018
Ntilikina will start at small forward in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Hawks, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
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