Time for Frank Ntilikina to sit
It’s definitely too early to say whether or not New York Knicks’ second-year point guard Frank Ntilikina is a bust yet.
One of Ntilikina’s greatest strengths is his defense, but he’s a huge liability on offense due to his poor shooting.
With Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale has been playing with his line-ups, he’s had Ntilikina start over the past several games. Unfortunately, the returns have been more negative than positive because of his poor shooting percentage.
During Sunday night’s blow out loss to the Orlando Magic, Ntilikina had zero points on 0-3 shooting. He only played six minutes, which is a good thing.
Trey Burke came in early on after not playing the past two games and he dropped 10 points on 5-13 shooting, as well as five assists.
The Knicks’ starters were a dumpster fire as a group, so Ntilikina wasn’t the only culprit on Sunday. But he’s only connecting on 35 percent of his shots this season and that’s a big problem.
I think it’s time to have Frank sit back on the bench and give Emmanuel Mudiay a shot as New York’s starting point guard.
Mudiay is a better scorer and has a lot to prove. I can’t imagine that he”ll be worse than Ntilikina offensively.
The Knicks could always go back to Trey Burke, but he’s more of a scorer than someone who can orchestrate their offense. His height is also an issue against bigger point guards.
One thing is for sure and thats Ntilikina’s offensive problems aren’t going to get fixed overnight and the Knicks still need a point guard.
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