Darren wrote:Watching Ntilikina play, I have to wonder what's wrong. Frank can hit open 3s on catch-n-shoot at 36% so far. But frank struggles to make layups. Missing 3 againist San Antonio. While Frank is a good defend, stay in front of offensive player and jump into passing lanes a lot, Frank seems to be foul prone if offensive players go deep in paint. Normally it's blocking foul. The upper body is not right. The passing is right. But too easy to read sometimes. This results in some unnecessary turnovers. On the bright side, those problems are just the strength of JJ Barea - converting layups, setting up teammates in traffic, drawing charges, defending in paint (I'm serious. Lebron can't beat Barea on post up in 2011 playoff. I expect a much better Ntilikina by playoff. Ntilikina is making leap offensively to 106 rating. But the WS is not right. It is just 0.2 and PER is just 11. But all signs are good enough to hope for. I'd take 18.5 PPG per 36 minutes. Unfortunately, Nilitinka shoots just 40% from 2P range. Anyway, that's similar no. to Devin Harris. Frank should dunk more often if layups are so hard to convert.
He's not a PG, and he's not a natural scorer (no touch around the rim, we're just used to one of the best finishers below the rim in Brunson), he's 20 MPG secondary ball handler, and chase around screens solid defender, he just needs to develop consistent 3 pt shot and finish better (like you said, dunk more than layup).