There’s no reason to believe the Knicks will trade Frank Ntilikina
With recent reports of the Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns being interested in New York Knicks’ second-year guard Frank Ntilikina, many people have been wondering whether the Knicks will move Ntilikina at some point this season.
Ntilikina has been a huge offensive liability, despite the fact that he’s a great defender. It also doesn’t help that he didn’t play at all during the Knicks’ big win over the Milwaukee Bucks last week.
Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale did make it clear that Ntilikina isn’t in his dog house. We have to believe him since players like Damyean Dotson will play one game and then not play the next. So for all we know, Ntilikina could play next game.
I’ve come up with a few reasons as to why I don’t believe the Knicks will trade Ntilikina this season.
Ntilikina is only 20 years-old
As bad as Ntilikina’s shooting is, he’s still very young and should improve over time.
Now, until Frank proves that he can help on offense, his minutes should be limited and he should be used as a situational player due to his defense. But it’s not time to give up on him.
Plenty of potential
If Ntilikina still can’t shoot 2-3 years from now, then I’m afraid he’ll never live up to being a lottery pick and it would be time for the Knicks to move on from him.
For now, all New York can do is be patient and hope that Fizdale and his coaching staff can develop him and help him reach his potential.
No rush to win now
As frustrating as it is to watch Ntilikina not deliver as an offensive player, the Knicks aren’t in a rush to win now. They don’t have the players around him to even make a playoff run.
The Knicks are so young that they don’t have a set starting line-up on a night in and night out basis.
Fizdale and the Knicks can afford to be patient with Ntilikina right now. They don’t need to trade him.
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