Frank Ntilikina

23-Year-Old GuardG
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Frank Ntilikina in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a two-year, $3.83 million contract with the Mavericks in September of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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. 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.

Sees garbage-time run in Game 2
GDallas Mavericks
May 5, 2022
Ntilikina logged three points (1-1 FG, 1-1 3Pt) and an assist in five minutes of court time Wednesday in the Mavericks' 129-109 loss to the Suns in Game 2 of the series.
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Ntilikina was sidelined for a good portion of the Mavericks' six-game series victory over the Jazz in the first round, but he's been available for the first two contests of the Western Conference quarterfinals round. He appeared off the bench in Games 1 and 2, but head coach Jason Kidd didn't call Ntilikina's number until the outcome was decided. Ntilikina didn't check into Wednesday's game until the Suns built a 21-point lead with 4:41 remaining in the fourth quarter.
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Might not be traded after all
GNew York Knicks
February 12, 2021
The Knicks didn't make Ntilikina available in trade negotiations with the Pistons, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post.
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The Knicks did not make Ntilikina or any of their first-round picks available in the trade that fetched them Derrick Rose, and that's probably a good sign for the Frenchman's future in New York. Ntilikina hasn't progressed as expected, but if the Knicks decided to keep him around in their latest deal, then the franchise still believes he might have a future with the team after all.
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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.
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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Good to go
GDallas Mavericks
April 25, 2022
Ntilikina (mouth) is available for Monday's Game 5 against Utah.
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Questionable for Game 5
GDallas Mavericks
Mouth
April 24, 2022
Ntilikina (mouth) is questionable for Monday's Game 5 against the Jazz.
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Out Saturday
GDallas Mavericks
Mouth
April 23, 2022
Ntilikina (mouth) is unavailable for Saturday's Game 4 at Utah.
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Questionable for Game 4
GDallas Mavericks
Mouth
April 22, 2022
Ntilikina (mouth) is questionable for Saturday's Game 4 at Utah.
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Still out Thursday
GDallas Mavericks
Mouth
April 21, 2022
Ntilikina (illness/mouth) has been ruled out for Thursday's Game 3 against the Jazz.
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