Frank Ntilikina
20-Year-Old GuardG
GTD
Injury Groin
Est. Return 2/22/2019
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.
Sidelined through break
GNew York Knicks
Groin
February 8, 2019
Ntilikina (groin) is expected to remain out until after the All-Star break, a source told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
ANALYSIS
When Ntilikina first suffered the groin injury Jan. 27, initial reports suggested the second-year guard would be sidelined for at least 1-to-2 weeks. With that period having since passed and no reports having surfaced indicating that Ntilikina is able to do anything more than light on-court work, it's not surprising that his return to action isn't considered imminent. The Frenchman now looks due to miss at least five more contests, providing the likes of Kadeem Allen, Damyean Dotson and Allonzo Trier with some added stability in the rotation.
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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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Sitting out Tuesday
GNew York Knicks
Groin
February 5, 2019
Ntilikina (groin) is listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Pistons.
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Could miss 1-to-2 weeks
GNew York Knicks
Groin
January 28, 2019
Ntilikina (groin) could be sidelined for 1-to-2 weeks, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
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Officially out Monday
GNew York Knicks
Groin
January 28, 2019
Ntilikina (groin) will not play Monday against the Hornets, Steve Popper of Newsday reports.
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Unlikely to play Monday
GNew York Knicks
Groin
January 27, 2019
Ntilikina isn't expected to travel with the team after suffering a groin injury Sunday against Miami, Steve Popper of Newsday reports.
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Won't return vs. Heat
GNew York Knicks
Groin
January 27, 2019
Ntilikina has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against Miami due to groin soreness.
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