Frank Ntilikina hasn’t looked great this preseason
Last season the New York Knicks fielded multiple calls regarding point guard Frank Ntilikina prior to the NBA trade deadline.
Unfortunately, so far this preseason, Ntilikina doesn’t look like he’s improved much from last season.
So should the Knicks attempt to trade Ntilikina or should they stick it out and hope that he’ll develop into a great point guard after taking him 8th overall in 2017.
Ian Begley of ESPN mentioned on Tuesday that teams haven’t been calling the Knicks about Ntilikina, the way they did last season.
Something worth noting about Frank Ntilikina: dating back to the middle of last year, when teams call the Knicks about potential trades, one of the players they ask most often about is Ntilikina. To date, New York hasn’t had any interest in trading the second-year guard.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 9, 2018
Ntilikina is only 20 years-old, but the Knicks have both Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke on their roster. And let’s face it, Ntililkina isn’t better than either of New York’s other options at the position.
Burke has looked like the Knicks best point guard, (not by much) during the preseason so far.
Now of course the Knicks could always move Ntilikina to shooting guard, but is he better than guys like Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Allonzo Trier.
With the way Trier has played this preseason, he looks better than Ntilkina.
If Burke and Mudiay outplay Ntilikina during the regular season, the Knicks’ front office may want to think about moving Frank before this season’s trade deadline.
If Ntilikina doesn’t improve going forward, his trade value will only go down.
The feeling I get is that the Knicks will take their time with Ntilikina and let him develop over time. But how much time will they give him?
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