Frank Ntilikina is a hot commodity despite the fact that his stats have taken a dip
I mentioned a report on Thursday that the Orlando Magic have been monitoring New York Knicks’ second-year guard Frank Ntilikina.
It now turns out that the Phoenix Suns inquired with the Knicks about trading for Ntilikina in order to pair him with Devin Booker, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
Despite the fact that Ntilikina is a terrible offensive player, it looks like some teams around the NBA believe he’s going to be a very good player. One thing is for sure and that is that he’s proven that he can defend on the biggest stage in the world.
With good defensive players not being a norm in the NBA, I’m sure teams aren’t worried about Ntilikina’s shooting woes right now. At the age of 20, they’re probably confident that they can fix his offensive problems.
I would love to know what the Suns would offer the Knicks for Ntilikina.
If I was the Knicks I wouldn’t mind taking Josh Jackson from the Suns in exchange for Ntilikina. Jackson and Knox would be a nice duo in the front court.
Jackson, who’s also in his second year, is averaging over seven points per game on 42 percent from the field, which is slightly more than Ntilikina’s 5.9 per game.
Jackson is averaging 12 points per game so far during his young career.
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