Frank Ntilikina still has a lot to prove
With the regular season set to kick off on Wednesday night for the New York Knicks, they’ve announced that they’ve exercised the third-year option of guard Frank Ntilikina’s contract.
This move now guarantees Ntilikina’s salary for the 2019/20 season. The Knick’s cap hit will will be $4,855,800.
The Knicks posted the following press release on Twitter:
The New York Knicks announced today that the team has exercised its third-year option on guard Frank Ntilikina pic.twitter.com/fLN9cd2uKZ
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) October 15, 2018
Ntilikina had an OK rookie season after averaging 5.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 21.9 minutes per game during the 78 appearances that he made.
While’s Ntilikina’s numbers didn’t look good, he had moments where he showed promise offensively, while also proving that he can be a very good NBA defender.
Next year at this time the Knicks will need to decide whether or not they’re going to pick up Ntilikina’s fourth-year option.
It will be interesting to see what the Knicks do if Ntilikina doesn’t show much improvement this season.
One thing is for sure, the Knicks don’t have any other point guards on their roster right now that are head and shoulders above Ntilikina.
Emmanuel Mudiay looked worse than Ntilikina during the preseason and Trey Burke was only slightly better because of his ability to score.
The good news is that Ntilikina is only 20 years-old, so he has a lot of time to grow as a player, but he needs to show progress in order for the Knicks to keep investing in him.
Paul has been a professional writer since 2010 and covered the NFL for several years as a credentialed media member. Some of his work has been linked to companies like FOX Sports, MSN, ESPN, Rolling Stone, Forbes and Deadspin. He’s also appeared on sports talk radio shows from around the United States.