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Post#1 » by RealGM Wiretap » Wed Sep 15, 2021 2:25 am

The Dallas Mavericks are expected to sign Frank Ntilikina in the coming days.


The Mavericks were strongly linked to Ntilikina ahead of the 2017 draft, but he instead went to the New York Knicks at No. 8. The Mavericks selected Dennis Smith Jr. at No. 9 and he was subsequently traded to the Knicks in 2019.


Ntilikina appeared in 33 games last season with the Knicks.

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Post#2 » by njknicks » Wed Sep 15, 2021 4:53 am

Hopefully Frank finds his niche in the league - works hard just needs consistent playing time.

Significantly improved his 3p% last season and has always been an elite defender -- issue has always been confidence.

He has had 4 coaches in 4 seasons with the Knicks / zero roster continuity ( until upcoming Knicks season ) -- very few players can develop any semblance of a game or chemistry with a team under those circumstances.

While he has been brilliant in the international games -- he has not thrived in the NBA -- possibly his last, legit opportunity to put it all together.
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Post#3 » by imDatknicksTape » Wed Sep 15, 2021 6:24 am

njknicks wrote:Hopefully Frank finds his niche in the league - works hard just needs consistent playing time.

Significantly improved his 3p% last season and has always been an elite defender -- issue has always been confidence.

He has had 4 coaches in 4 seasons with the Knicks / zero roster continuity ( until upcoming Knicks season ) -- very few players can develop any semblance of a game or chemistry with a team under those circumstances.

While he has been brilliant in the international games -- he has not thrived in the NBA -- possibly his last, legit opportunity to put it all together.
njknicks wrote:Hopefully Frank finds his niche in the league - works hard just needs consistent playing time.

Significantly improved his 3p% last season and has always been an elite defender -- issue has always been confidence.

He has had 4 coaches in 4 seasons with the Knicks / zero roster continuity ( until upcoming Knicks season ) -- very few players can develop any semblance of a game or chemistry with a team under those circumstances.

While he has been brilliant in the international games -- he has not thrived in the NBA -- possibly his last, legit opportunity to put it all together.


Y'all frankists are funny. Boi was trash 2 mths ago in olympics. The only way this signing is done maybe because KP pulled some strings.
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njknicks wrote:Hopefully Frank finds his niche in the league - works hard just needs consistent playing time.

Significantly improved his 3p% last season and has always been an elite defender -- issue has always been confidence.

He has had 4 coaches in 4 seasons with the Knicks / zero roster continuity ( until upcoming Knicks season ) -- very few players can develop any semblance of a game or chemistry with a team under those circumstances.

While he has been brilliant in the international games -- he has not thrived in the NBA -- possibly his last, legit opportunity to put it all together.
njknicks wrote:Hopefully Frank finds his niche in the league - works hard just needs consistent playing time.

Significantly improved his 3p% last season and has always been an elite defender -- issue has always been confidence.

He has had 4 coaches in 4 seasons with the Knicks / zero roster continuity ( until upcoming Knicks season ) -- very few players can develop any semblance of a game or chemistry with a team under those circumstances.

While he has been brilliant in the international games -- he has not thrived in the NBA -- possibly his last, legit opportunity to put it all together.


Y'all frankists are funny. Boi was trash 2 mths ago in olympics. The only way this signing is done maybe because KP pulled some strings.


Right. And not because Dallas always wanted him, or hired Vincent Collet with the expectation of drafting him.
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Post#5 » by NoStatsGuy » Wed Sep 15, 2021 12:37 pm

yep totally agree, every player is different from a personality standpoint.

The knicks have not been an environment, where frank could develop very well. Im 100% sure frank can be a very valuable player on a successful team. He can be a 3&D guard for sure!

He is one of the few people that can give kyrie, harden and the likes fits on any night, defending them full court
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Post#6 » by Wingy » Wed Sep 15, 2021 1:39 pm

Nice Cubes...creating Knicks South!
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Post#7 » by Barcs » Wed Sep 15, 2021 2:01 pm

The Mavs love our ex players. He's probably going to blow up now.
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Post#8 » by imDatknicksTape » Wed Sep 15, 2021 2:30 pm

NoStatsGuy wrote:yep totally agree, every player is different from a personality standpoint.

The knicks have not been an environment, where frank could develop very well. Im 100% sure frank can be a very valuable player on a successful team. He can be a 3&D guard for sure!

He is one of the few people that can give kyrie, harden and the likes fits on any night, defending them full court


Fits for 2-3 possessions and then Kyrie continue to score 35 on him, pls give me a break with all these frank apologists. Sure he can be a nice bench piece that plays garbage mins.
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Post#9 » by NoStatsGuy » Wed Sep 15, 2021 3:08 pm

imDatknicksTape wrote:
NoStatsGuy wrote:yep totally agree, every player is different from a personality standpoint.

The knicks have not been an environment, where frank could develop very well. Im 100% sure frank can be a very valuable player on a successful team. He can be a 3&D guard for sure!

He is one of the few people that can give kyrie, harden and the likes fits on any night, defending them full court


Fits for 2-3 possessions and then Kyrie continue to score 35 on him, pls give me a break with all these frank apologists. Sure he can be a nice bench piece that plays garbage mins.


lol? obviously you dont defend anybody full court for 30+ minutes.. have you ever played basketball?

like i said, he can be a very nice piece from the bench on a very good team, to shut down someone for some minutes in the 4th quarter or whenever you need it...

pls give me a break from ignorant people riding the realgm bandwagon opinions :D
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Post#10 » by moocow007 » Wed Sep 15, 2021 3:46 pm

As a Knick fan...and trying to be objective (no Knick fan colored glasses here)...my thoughts on Frank (and it's the same thoughts during his entire tenure as a Knick and not because he's no longer a Knick).

Not been given a chance

This is Sparta!!! I mean this is the NBA!!! I'm really not sure what chance he hasn't been given. If we were talking about grade school then ok, but we're not. You have to take the opportunity given to you (and he's been given plenty of opportunities) and make things happen. Heading into last season all the chatter among Knick fans was that "FINALLY Frank will get a chance under Thibs" and "Thibs is the perfect coach for Frank and Frank is the perfect player for Thibs (defense, defense, defense!)". Frank the "great defender" and Thibs the great defensive coach was supposed to be a marriage made in heaven right?

Well that marriage never even got to the engagement as Franks continued passive play and inability to do anything on the offensive end (and honestly not much on the defensive end) earned him a spot towards the end of the bench. Now it could dispel the rather basic notion that Thibs only cares about defense but may also go a ways to dispel the notion of...

Franks an elite defender

That Frank Ntilikina has been one of the Knicks better defenders (even their best wing defender) for his tenure here is without question. But it really says more about the defensive ability of his teammates as a Knick than it does about his own "elite" defense. Being the slimmest fat chick doesn't mean you're a super model. It just means that the rest of the gals you hang around with are even fatter.

Frank Ntilkina is not a top tier defender. Really not sure where folks get this notion from. He's not the fastest player side to side, east to west, north to south nor as we all know the most aggressive player. He does have very long wingspan and very much understands the concepts of team defense but we need to reign in the whole "elite defender" business here. Matisse Thybulle is an elite defender. Frank Ntilikina is not anywhere near that range so far.

Reality is that his defense was not good enough to afford him minutes on the court for a defensive centric head coach who has played plenty of high end defensive centric players plenty of minutes in his coaching history. Proof that Thibs does play high end defensive centric players with offensive limitations can be seen right on the same bench. Nerlens Noel is essentially a zero on the offensive end and yet played heavy minutes in part because of his high end game impacting defensive skills and the consistency with which he was able to play it.

Franks shooting has grown leaps and bounds

His 3 point percentage has definitely sky rocketed last season. 47.9% from 3. But that's based on a grand total of 48 attempts. While yeah maybe he has finally figured out how to shoot it's not exactly a great barometer to conclusively come to any conclusion about his shooting.

Also realize that despite shooting 47.9% from 3, his overall field goal % was 36.7%. That means his 2 point field goal percentage was...ready?...19.4%. If we are going to believe that 47.9% is a correct measure of his 3 point shooting future then why wouldn't we also believe that 19.4% is a correct measure of his 2 point shooting future? FYI...the lowest qualifying 2 point fg% in NBA history is 27.2%. Frank Ntilikina did not take enough 2 point fg attempts to qualify.

Bottom line?

Frank appears to be a real good guy. He seems to be very much interested in playing the "right way". His defense is without question solid and he has the tools to do (a lot) more. But up until now (4 years done) he's not shown the ability at all to: a) run the point, b) score, c) shoot (unless you believe those 48 attempts from 3 are what his future holds), d) endear himself to any of 4 coaches rotations. Nor has he shown that his defense is so "elite" that you can live with his severe offensive inabilities.

His biggest apparent problem is his lack of consistent aggressiveness and near zero offensive impact...so much so that even if he manages to directly or indirectly create a turnover from on the defensive end he himself then immediately becomes a liability for his team on the other end as they try to convert off the turnover (he's not able to push the ball if he ends up with it and he's not able to shoot, attack the rim or pass well enough to help support his teammates as they attempt to score off the turnover).

Whether it's because he's shell shocked, too timid or whatever, you can only hide under the "oh he's just trying to play team ball" so much. In the NBA nowadays you really can't afford for your guards to not be able to create, shoot and/or score at all. In fact it's more likely to see Frank pass up a wide open look than it is him trying to actually do anything with it. It's like the basketball is hot potato with him.

So if he does become the player that just about every Knick fan has been hoping for and expecting as a Maverick (or with another team) then great for him. But I wouldn't get too excited just yet or hold my breath. He should do better at least with Luka hopefully getting him (much) easier looks but he's still going to have to actually want to finish (shoot or drive)...and that's been his problem (apparently wanting to do so on the offensive end).
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Post#11 » by Nailon » Wed Sep 15, 2021 6:11 pm

Is widely know the fact that Elfrid Payton was the worst starter PG in the league last year, and Frank was benched by him?

Maybe Mavs could sign him to a non-guaranteed contract so they can waive him to open a spot for John Wall as soon as he get his buyout from Rockets.

PS: I have been reading RealGM Forums almost a decade ago, but this is my first post. Show me some love! :D
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Post#12 » by imDatknicksTape » Wed Sep 15, 2021 6:48 pm

Nailon wrote:Is widely know the fact that Elfrid Payton was the worst starter PG in the league last year, and Frank was benched by him?

Maybe Mavs could sign him to a non-guaranteed contract so they can waive him to open a spot for John Wall as soon as he get his buyout from Rockets.

PS: I have been reading RealGM Forums almost a decade ago, but this is my first post. Show me some love! :D


The fact that your first post had to be on a Frank bumlina topic is horrible. lol. I dont hate Frank. its just i dont see the love as much as other ppl see in him
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Post#13 » by niha17 » Wed Sep 15, 2021 11:12 pm

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Post#14 » by DimesandKnicks » Thu Sep 16, 2021 12:44 pm

moocow007 wrote:As a Knick fan...and trying to be objective (no Knick fan colored glasses here)...my thoughts on Frank (and it's the same thoughts during his entire tenure as a Knick and not because he's no longer a Knick).

Not been given a chance

This is Sparta!!! I mean this is the NBA!!! I'm really not sure what chance he hasn't been given. If we were talking about grade school then ok, but we're not. You have to take the opportunity given to you (and he's been given plenty of opportunities) and make things happen. Heading into last season all the chatter among Knick fans was that "FINALLY Frank will get a chance under Thibs" and "Thibs is the perfect coach for Frank and Frank is the perfect player for Thibs (defense, defense, defense!)". Frank the "great defender" and Thibs the great defensive coach was supposed to be a marriage made in heaven right?

Well that marriage never even got to the engagement as Franks continued passive play and inability to do anything on the offensive end (and honestly not much on the defensive end) earned him a spot towards the end of the bench. Now it could dispel the rather basic notion that Thibs only cares about defense but may also go a ways to dispel the notion of...

Franks an elite defender

That Frank Ntilikina has been one of the Knicks better defenders (even their best wing defender) for his tenure here is without question. But it really says more about the defensive ability of his teammates as a Knick than it does about his own "elite" defense. Being the slimmest fat chick doesn't mean you're a super model. It just means that the rest of the gals you hang around with are even fatter.

Frank Ntilkina is not a top tier defender. Really not sure where folks get this notion from. He's not the fastest player side to side, east to west, north to south nor as we all know the most aggressive player. He does have very long wingspan and very much understands the concepts of team defense but we need to reign in the whole "elite defender" business here. Matisse Thybulle is an elite defender. Frank Ntilikina is not anywhere near that range so far.

Reality is that his defense was not good enough to afford him minutes on the court for a defensive centric head coach who has played plenty of high end defensive centric players plenty of minutes in his coaching history. Proof that Thibs does play high end defensive centric players with offensive limitations can be seen right on the same bench. Nerlens Noel is essentially a zero on the offensive end and yet played heavy minutes in part because of his high end game impacting defensive skills and the consistency with which he was able to play it.

Franks shooting has grown leaps and bounds

His 3 point percentage has definitely sky rocketed last season. 47.9% from 3. But that's based on a grand total of 48 attempts. While yeah maybe he has finally figured out how to shoot it's not exactly a great barometer to conclusively come to any conclusion about his shooting.

Also realize that despite shooting 47.9% from 3, his overall field goal % was 36.7%. That means his 2 point field goal percentage was...ready?...19.4%. If we are going to believe that 47.9% is a correct measure of his 3 point shooting future then why wouldn't we also believe that 19.4% is a correct measure of his 2 point shooting future? FYI...the lowest qualifying 2 point fg% in NBA history is 27.2%. Frank Ntilikina did not take enough 2 point fg attempts to qualify.

Bottom line?

Frank appears to be a real good guy. He seems to be very much interested in playing the "right way". His defense is without question solid and he has the tools to do (a lot) more. But up until now (4 years done) he's not shown the ability at all to: a) run the point, b) score, c) shoot (unless you believe those 48 attempts from 3 are what his future holds), d) endear himself to any of 4 coaches rotations. Nor has he shown that his defense is so "elite" that you can live with his severe offensive inabilities.

His biggest apparent problem is his lack of consistent aggressiveness and near zero offensive impact...so much so that even if he manages to directly or indirectly create a turnover from on the defensive end he himself then immediately becomes a liability for his team on the other end as they try to convert off the turnover (he's not able to push the ball if he ends up with it and he's not able to shoot, attack the rim or pass well enough to help support his teammates as they attempt to score off the turnover).

Whether it's because he's shell shocked, too timid or whatever, you can only hide under the "oh he's just trying to play team ball" so much. In the NBA nowadays you really can't afford for your guards to not be able to create, shoot and/or score at all. In fact it's more likely to see Frank pass up a wide open look than it is him trying to actually do anything with it. It's like the basketball is hot potato with him.

So if he does become the player that just about every Knick fan has been hoping for and expecting as a Maverick (or with another team) then great for him. But I wouldn't get too excited just yet or hold my breath. He should do better at least with Luka hopefully getting him (much) easier looks but he's still going to have to actually want to finish (shoot or drive)...and that's been his problem (apparently wanting to do so on the offensive end).


I didn't read the entire post but if your a Knicks fan you can remember him putting up 15 lots than 17pts than getting hurt. Than coming in this season really aggressive offensively and looking good...than getting hurt. If he can stay healthy he'll be a stud.
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Post#15 » by moocow007 » Thu Sep 16, 2021 1:02 pm

DimesandKnicks wrote:
moocow007 wrote:As a Knick fan...and trying to be objective (no Knick fan colored glasses here)...my thoughts on Frank (and it's the same thoughts during his entire tenure as a Knick and not because he's no longer a Knick).

Not been given a chance

This is Sparta!!! I mean this is the NBA!!! I'm really not sure what chance he hasn't been given. If we were talking about grade school then ok, but we're not. You have to take the opportunity given to you (and he's been given plenty of opportunities) and make things happen. Heading into last season all the chatter among Knick fans was that "FINALLY Frank will get a chance under Thibs" and "Thibs is the perfect coach for Frank and Frank is the perfect player for Thibs (defense, defense, defense!)". Frank the "great defender" and Thibs the great defensive coach was supposed to be a marriage made in heaven right?

Well that marriage never even got to the engagement as Franks continued passive play and inability to do anything on the offensive end (and honestly not much on the defensive end) earned him a spot towards the end of the bench. Now it could dispel the rather basic notion that Thibs only cares about defense but may also go a ways to dispel the notion of...

Franks an elite defender

That Frank Ntilikina has been one of the Knicks better defenders (even their best wing defender) for his tenure here is without question. But it really says more about the defensive ability of his teammates as a Knick than it does about his own "elite" defense. Being the slimmest fat chick doesn't mean you're a super model. It just means that the rest of the gals you hang around with are even fatter.

Frank Ntilkina is not a top tier defender. Really not sure where folks get this notion from. He's not the fastest player side to side, east to west, north to south nor as we all know the most aggressive player. He does have very long wingspan and very much understands the concepts of team defense but we need to reign in the whole "elite defender" business here. Matisse Thybulle is an elite defender. Frank Ntilikina is not anywhere near that range so far.

Reality is that his defense was not good enough to afford him minutes on the court for a defensive centric head coach who has played plenty of high end defensive centric players plenty of minutes in his coaching history. Proof that Thibs does play high end defensive centric players with offensive limitations can be seen right on the same bench. Nerlens Noel is essentially a zero on the offensive end and yet played heavy minutes in part because of his high end game impacting defensive skills and the consistency with which he was able to play it.

Franks shooting has grown leaps and bounds

His 3 point percentage has definitely sky rocketed last season. 47.9% from 3. But that's based on a grand total of 48 attempts. While yeah maybe he has finally figured out how to shoot it's not exactly a great barometer to conclusively come to any conclusion about his shooting.

Also realize that despite shooting 47.9% from 3, his overall field goal % was 36.7%. That means his 2 point field goal percentage was...ready?...19.4%. If we are going to believe that 47.9% is a correct measure of his 3 point shooting future then why wouldn't we also believe that 19.4% is a correct measure of his 2 point shooting future? FYI...the lowest qualifying 2 point fg% in NBA history is 27.2%. Frank Ntilikina did not take enough 2 point fg attempts to qualify.

Bottom line?

Frank appears to be a real good guy. He seems to be very much interested in playing the "right way". His defense is without question solid and he has the tools to do (a lot) more. But up until now (4 years done) he's not shown the ability at all to: a) run the point, b) score, c) shoot (unless you believe those 48 attempts from 3 are what his future holds), d) endear himself to any of 4 coaches rotations. Nor has he shown that his defense is so "elite" that you can live with his severe offensive inabilities.

His biggest apparent problem is his lack of consistent aggressiveness and near zero offensive impact...so much so that even if he manages to directly or indirectly create a turnover from on the defensive end he himself then immediately becomes a liability for his team on the other end as they try to convert off the turnover (he's not able to push the ball if he ends up with it and he's not able to shoot, attack the rim or pass well enough to help support his teammates as they attempt to score off the turnover).

Whether it's because he's shell shocked, too timid or whatever, you can only hide under the "oh he's just trying to play team ball" so much. In the NBA nowadays you really can't afford for your guards to not be able to create, shoot and/or score at all. In fact it's more likely to see Frank pass up a wide open look than it is him trying to actually do anything with it. It's like the basketball is hot potato with him.

So if he does become the player that just about every Knick fan has been hoping for and expecting as a Maverick (or with another team) then great for him. But I wouldn't get too excited just yet or hold my breath. He should do better at least with Luka hopefully getting him (much) easier looks but he's still going to have to actually want to finish (shoot or drive)...and that's been his problem (apparently wanting to do so on the offensive end).


I didn't read the entire post but if your a Knicks fan you can remember him putting up 15 lots than 17pts than getting hurt. Than coming in this season really aggressive offensively and looking good...than getting hurt. If he can stay healthy he'll be a stud.


15 lots of times? Frank Ntilikina?

He scored more 10 or more points 3 times (a 12 point game before he got injured, then 2 13 point games when he came back) compared to scoring scoring 2 or fewer points 30 times last season (including 19 games of 0 points).

Even if we chalk this past season up to injury (see excuse), the season before he scored 10 or more points 11 times compared to scoring 2 or fewer points 13 times. The season before that he scored more than 10 or more points 6 times compared to scoring 2 or fewer points 9 times.

Points of comparison:

Elfrid Payton, the worst starting PG in the NBA last season and a guy who would probably not even be the backup PG on most other NBA teams? He scored 10 or more points 30 times (including 7 games where he scored 20 or more points) and managed 2 or fewer points 9 times. And Payton is a guy who can't shoot or create off the dribble like a NBA PG should.

Immanuel Quickly, a rookie scored 10 ore more points 33 times (including 11 games of 20 more more points) and managed 2 or fewer points just 6 times. Quickly was in his 1st year, Frank in his 4th year.

If you were a more realistic fan of basketball you'd realize he's just not that good of a NBA player and stop giving this guy every single excuse you can find under the sun. I mean honestly. It's because of injury, it's because of the coaches (every single one of them who apparently didn't think he was all that good), it's because of the pressure of NY, it's because of Elfrid Payton, it's because the Knicks didn't develop him, it's because the planets aren't aligned, it's because there's a conspiracy to keep Frank's potential down, etc.

Being a great guy with long arms that tries to play team ball (what he is) doesn't mean he is an NBA stud.
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Post#16 » by DimesandKnicks » Fri Sep 17, 2021 1:14 pm

moocow007 wrote:
DimesandKnicks wrote:
moocow007 wrote:As a Knick fan...and trying to be objective (no Knick fan colored glasses here)...my thoughts on Frank (and it's the same thoughts during his entire tenure as a Knick and not because he's no longer a Knick).

Not been given a chance

This is Sparta!!! I mean this is the NBA!!! I'm really not sure what chance he hasn't been given. If we were talking about grade school then ok, but we're not. You have to take the opportunity given to you (and he's been given plenty of opportunities) and make things happen. Heading into last season all the chatter among Knick fans was that "FINALLY Frank will get a chance under Thibs" and "Thibs is the perfect coach for Frank and Frank is the perfect player for Thibs (defense, defense, defense!)". Frank the "great defender" and Thibs the great defensive coach was supposed to be a marriage made in heaven right?

Well that marriage never even got to the engagement as Franks continued passive play and inability to do anything on the offensive end (and honestly not much on the defensive end) earned him a spot towards the end of the bench. Now it could dispel the rather basic notion that Thibs only cares about defense but may also go a ways to dispel the notion of...

Franks an elite defender

That Frank Ntilikina has been one of the Knicks better defenders (even their best wing defender) for his tenure here is without question. But it really says more about the defensive ability of his teammates as a Knick than it does about his own "elite" defense. Being the slimmest fat chick doesn't mean you're a super model. It just means that the rest of the gals you hang around with are even fatter.

Frank Ntilkina is not a top tier defender. Really not sure where folks get this notion from. He's not the fastest player side to side, east to west, north to south nor as we all know the most aggressive player. He does have very long wingspan and very much understands the concepts of team defense but we need to reign in the whole "elite defender" business here. Matisse Thybulle is an elite defender. Frank Ntilikina is not anywhere near that range so far.

Reality is that his defense was not good enough to afford him minutes on the court for a defensive centric head coach who has played plenty of high end defensive centric players plenty of minutes in his coaching history. Proof that Thibs does play high end defensive centric players with offensive limitations can be seen right on the same bench. Nerlens Noel is essentially a zero on the offensive end and yet played heavy minutes in part because of his high end game impacting defensive skills and the consistency with which he was able to play it.

Franks shooting has grown leaps and bounds

His 3 point percentage has definitely sky rocketed last season. 47.9% from 3. But that's based on a grand total of 48 attempts. While yeah maybe he has finally figured out how to shoot it's not exactly a great barometer to conclusively come to any conclusion about his shooting.

Also realize that despite shooting 47.9% from 3, his overall field goal % was 36.7%. That means his 2 point field goal percentage was...ready?...19.4%. If we are going to believe that 47.9% is a correct measure of his 3 point shooting future then why wouldn't we also believe that 19.4% is a correct measure of his 2 point shooting future? FYI...the lowest qualifying 2 point fg% in NBA history is 27.2%. Frank Ntilikina did not take enough 2 point fg attempts to qualify.

Bottom line?

Frank appears to be a real good guy. He seems to be very much interested in playing the "right way". His defense is without question solid and he has the tools to do (a lot) more. But up until now (4 years done) he's not shown the ability at all to: a) run the point, b) score, c) shoot (unless you believe those 48 attempts from 3 are what his future holds), d) endear himself to any of 4 coaches rotations. Nor has he shown that his defense is so "elite" that you can live with his severe offensive inabilities.

His biggest apparent problem is his lack of consistent aggressiveness and near zero offensive impact...so much so that even if he manages to directly or indirectly create a turnover from on the defensive end he himself then immediately becomes a liability for his team on the other end as they try to convert off the turnover (he's not able to push the ball if he ends up with it and he's not able to shoot, attack the rim or pass well enough to help support his teammates as they attempt to score off the turnover).

Whether it's because he's shell shocked, too timid or whatever, you can only hide under the "oh he's just trying to play team ball" so much. In the NBA nowadays you really can't afford for your guards to not be able to create, shoot and/or score at all. In fact it's more likely to see Frank pass up a wide open look than it is him trying to actually do anything with it. It's like the basketball is hot potato with him.

So if he does become the player that just about every Knick fan has been hoping for and expecting as a Maverick (or with another team) then great for him. But I wouldn't get too excited just yet or hold my breath. He should do better at least with Luka hopefully getting him (much) easier looks but he's still going to have to actually want to finish (shoot or drive)...and that's been his problem (apparently wanting to do so on the offensive end).


I didn't read the entire post but if your a Knicks fan you can remember him putting up 15 lots than 17pts than getting hurt. Than coming in this season really aggressive offensively and looking good...than getting hurt. If he can stay healthy he'll be a stud.


15 lots of times? Frank Ntilikina?

He scored more 10 or more points 3 times (a 12 point game before he got injured, then 2 13 point games when he came back) compared to scoring scoring 2 or fewer points 30 times last season (including 19 games of 0 points).

Even if we chalk this past season up to injury (see excuse), the season before he scored 10 or more points 11 times compared to scoring 2 or fewer points 13 times. The season before that he scored more than 10 or more points 6 times compared to scoring 2 or fewer points 9 times.

Points of comparison:

Elfrid Payton, the worst starting PG in the NBA last season and a guy who would probably not even be the backup PG on most other NBA teams? He scored 10 or more points 30 times (including 7 games where he scored 20 or more points) and managed 2 or fewer points 9 times. And Payton is a guy who can't shoot or create off the dribble like a NBA PG should.

Immanuel Quickly, a rookie scored 10 ore more points 33 times (including 11 games of 20 more more points) and managed 2 or fewer points just 6 times. Quickly was in his 1st year, Frank in his 4th year.

If you were a more realistic fan of basketball you'd realize he's just not that good of a NBA player and stop giving this guy every single excuse you can find under the sun. I mean honestly. It's because of injury, it's because of the coaches (every single one of them who apparently didn't think he was all that good), it's because of the pressure of NY, it's because of Elfrid Payton, it's because the Knicks didn't develop him, it's because the planets aren't aligned, it's because there's a conspiracy to keep Frank's potential down, etc.

Being a great guy with long arms that tries to play team ball (what he is) doesn't mean he is an NBA stud.


Lots = points*. He's clearly not on any teams for his offense. My point was its not that he wasn't given a chance....its that he was always hurt. Defense wins championships and he's clearly a stud defensively. Statistically one of the best p&r defenders in the league. If he can stay healthy he'll be fine.

If you were a "more realistic fan of basketball" (w.e that means) you'd recognize that Frank will be younger than alot of players in next years draft. Knick fans aren't use to actually waiting to develop players.
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