Frank Ntilikina
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
The former No. 8 pick had another unproductive season for the Knicks, averaging just 5.7 points, 2.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 21.0 minutes across 43 games. Multiple injuries forced him to miss time, but he wasn't particularly effective when on the court. His per-36 averages showed promise on both ends of the court, especially for a 20-year-old player in his second season, but playing time will be hard to come by this season. Ntilikina has seen at least 21.0 minutes per game over his first two seasons, but that is likely to decrease in 2019-20 after a busy offseason of additions for the Knicks. Dennis Smith Jr. will play his first full season for New York, and the team added Wayne Ellington, Reggie Bullock, Elfrid Payton and No. 3 pick R.J. Barrett to form a crowded backcourt. That's a lot of moving pieces, and Ntilikina will probably be buried on the depth chart, rendering him virtually irrelevant for fantasy purposes in most formats. 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. Knicks exercised $6.18 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Frank Bryan Ntilikina was born in Ixelles, Belgium in 1998. His mother Jaqueline Mukarugema escaped war-torn Rwanda to raise Frank and his brothers in Belgium, moving the family to Strasbourg, France shortly thereafter. Frank's last name is pronounced NEE-lee-KEE-nuh. Ntilikina spent four years playing professionally at Strasbourg of the French League. He averaged 5.2 points and 1.4 assists per game during his final season in France. Ntilikina continued his international career by representing his nation at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. There, he averaged 8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game as France captured the tournament's bronze medal. Ntilikina, who grew up idolizing fellow countryman Tony Parker, plays the guitar and piano and lists his favorite singer as Drake. Ntilikina has been involved in a variety of charitable organizations and causes since coming to North America. On Thanksgiving in 2017, he joined teammates Tim Hardaway Jr., Enes Kanter, Ramon Sessions and Damyean Dotson to serve dinners to Department of Homeless Services/Garden of Dreams families at New York's fabled Rainbow Room. You can follow Frank Ntilikina on Twitter @FrankLikina and on Instagram @Frank_Ntilikina.

College/International Summary

Ntilikina was born in Belgium, but his family moved to France when he was three years old. The guard made his professional debut as a 16-year-old with France's SIG Strasbourg squad in 2015. He appeared in three games in his first year, but played in 26 games in the following season as a reserve. Ntilikina had a more significant role in his final year with Strasbourg, providing 5.2 points and 2.1 rebounds over 18 minutes per contest in 2015-16. The guard really opened eyes during international competition while representing France. He helped France win the 2014 FIBA Under-16 Championship with 7.4 points and 2.0 assists. In 2016, Ntilikina won the Most Valuable Player in the FIBA Under-18 Championship. He provided 15.2 points, 4.5 assists, 2.8 assists and 2.2 steals and scored 31 points in the championship win over Lithuania.

Career night against Washington
GNew York Knicks
March 10, 2020
Ntilikina supplied 20 points (6-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 10 assists, two rebounds and two steals in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 122-115 loss to the Wizards.
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Ntilikina amassed a career high scoring total while posting a season high in dimes. Ntilikina has also swiped two steals in three of the last five tilts, and he made the most of his opportunity on a night when Elfrid Payton struggled with his shot and foul trouble. However, unless Ntilikina starts earning this many minutes on a consistent basis, he's unlikely to hold much value beyond deeper leagues.
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2019

Ntilikina made 57 appearances, with 26 starts, during the 2019-20 season with the Knicks, his third season in the Association. The guard averaged per-game career highs in points (6.3) and steals (0.9). His also posted 3.0 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 0.3 blocks per contest. Ntilikina shot a career-high 39.3 percent from the field, a career-high 32.1 percent from three and a career-high 86.4 percent from the charity stripe. He set new single-game career highs in points (20) and blocks (three). His other single-game season highs were 10 assists, seven rebounds, six steals and four three-pointers. The 21-year-old had his best month of the season in November, when he started all 14 games and averaged 8.1 points, 4.2 assists and 1.9 steals over 31 minutes per game. On Mar. 10, Ntilikina posted a double-double on the road versus the Wizards. In the loss to Washington, he delivered 20 points (6-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 10 assists, two rebounds and two steals. Ntilikina posted 11 games with double-digit points, five games with at least five rebounds and 11 games with at least five assists. He also recorded at least three steals in six games and at least one block in nine games.

2018

Nitilikina appeared in 46 games during the 2018-19 season, his second year in the Association. Of those 46 appearances, he started 16 games and averaged 21.0 minutes per game splitting his playing time between three positions: point guard, shooting guard and small forward. On Oct. 26, Ntilikina posted 17 points, two assists, one rebound and one steal during a home loss to the Warriors. On Dec. 9, the young guard scored a career-high 18 points during a home loss to the Hornets. Twice Ntilikina dished a season-high seven assists, including a seven-point, seven assists start on Nov. 7 in a win at Dallas. Ntilikina was considered New York's best defensive wing and often was assigned to guard the opponent's top scorer. Over the season, the former first-round pick averaged 5.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Ntilikina cut his turnovers down from 1.7 per game as a rookie to 1.3 this season, while chipping in 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks per game defensively. Ntilikina missed games due to ankle and groin injuries, the latter forced the young guard to miss 32 games at the end of the season.

2017

Just 18 years of age when he was selected eighth overall in the 2017 NBA draft by the Knicks, Ntilikina was viewed as a project offensively with a league-ready defensive skill set. Having previously played limited minutes for SIG Strasbourg in Europe, the Frenchman found himself in an improved role in New York, averaging 22 minutes per game as a rookie. The Frenchman became the youngest Knick ever to appear in an NBA game when he debuted on Oct. 19 at OKC at 19 years, 83 days old. Ntilikina finished with averages of 5.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists while dressing for 78 games and starting nine. His 3.2 dimes per contest ranked ninth among NBA rookies. He also chipped in 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocks per game on the defensive end. Ntilikina performed well as an on-ball defender.The Knicks used Ntilikina as both a point guard and off-ball swing man, with the highlight of his season coming in a Jan. 15 win over the Nets. Ntilikina recorded his first career double-double in that game, with 10 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. He was the second-youngest active player in the league behind Ike Anigbogu and was selected to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge as a representative for Team World.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the New York Knicks in the 1st round (8th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 5, 2017
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the New York Knicks
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Probable Sunday vs. Pistons
GNew York Knicks
Ankle
March 7, 2020
Ntilikina (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against the Pistons, Greg Joyce of the New York Post reports.
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Questionable to return
GNew York Knicks
Ankle
March 6, 2020
Ntilikina is considered questionable to return to Friday's game against the Thunder due to an ankle injury.
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Plays big minutes off bench
GNew York Knicks
March 3, 2020
Ntilikina logged 29 minutes off the bench in Monday's 125-123 win over the Rockets, producing 11 points (5-10 FG, 1-6 3Pt), four assists and two steals.
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Cleared to play Saturday
GNew York Knicks
February 29, 2020
Ntilikina (groin) will play Saturday against the Bulls, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
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Expected to return Saturday
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Groin
February 28, 2020
Ntilikina (groin) is probable for Saturday's game against the Bulls.
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