Frank Ntilikina’s offensive struggle are keeping him from playing
Frank Ntilikina has been struggling this season when it comes to shooting the ball. So it wasn’t a surprise when New York Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale. didn’t play him at all during their Christmas day loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Fizdale made it clear that the reason Ntilikina didn’t play was due to the fact that he’s been struggling on the offensive side of the floor, which has been the case for most of the season.
It also helps that Trey Burke is now back from injury. Fizdale did make it clear that the move isn’t permanent.
I am wondering though, how many more games will Frank be listed as DNP from here on out?
This certainly won’t be the last game of the season where Ntilikina doesn’t play despite the fact that he is healthy.
Ntilikina needs to play
I know Ntilikina is great on defense, but his offense makes me cringe. And the fact that the NBA is all about which team can throw up the most points, his value isn’t there yet.
But I also understand that the only way he’s going to get better is if he actually plays.
With everything the Knicks have invested in Ntilikina as a former first round pick, it would be nice if he saw the floor every game. Even it’s only for 5-10 minutes.
Emmanuel Mudiay not making things easy
With Mudiay’s emergence this season, he’s become the Knicks’ clear cut top point guard and the fact that he can put up points and run the floor, there’s no reason to start anyone else over him.
This of course hurts Frank Ntilikina’s chances of playing to go along with the fact that Burke can provide an offensive spark that Frank can’t right now.
The feeling I get is that Fizdale will continue to rotate DNP’s between guys like Burke, Ntilikina and even Damyean Dotson.
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